Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president says U.S. forces are continuing to capture and hold Afghans in violation of an agreement signed between the two countries.
President Hamid Karzai says in a statement issued late Sunday that some of detainees are still held by U.S. forces even though Afghan judges have ruled that they be released. He also decries the continued arrest of Afghans by U.S. forces.
Karzai’s office says these acts “are completely against the agreement that has been signed.” The two countries signed the detainee transfer pact in March but the handover has been slowed by the U.S. The Americans argue that Kabul is not ready to take over detainee management, and also insist the Afghan government agree to hold without trial some detainees that the U.S. deems too dangerous to release.
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.