Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is appearing in a military courtroom in Washington state for the first time on charges that he slaughtered 16 Afghan villagers during a predawn rampage last March.
Bales is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle that could last as long as two weeks. Military prosecutors are expected to show video from a surveillance blimp that depicts Bales returning to his remote outpost in Kandahar Province after the killings. Part of the hearing will be held at night to allow video testimony from witnesses in Afghanistan.
The hearing will help determine whether the 39-year-old father of two from Lake Tapps, Wash., faces a court martial. He could get the death penalty.
The massacre left 16 dead — nine children.
NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.