Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) — A hearing on the pretrial confinement of an Army private charged with giving classified information to WikiLeaks will hear from the commander of a Marine Corps brig where the soldier alleges he was mistreated.
The hearing for Pfc. Bradley Manning enters its eighth day Thursday. Manning claims he was illegally held in maximum custody at the brig in Quantico, Va., under conditions so harsh that his case should be dismissed.
The government claims brig officials justifiably believed the strict conditions were needed to keep Manning from hurting or killing himself.
The brig commander, Chief Warrant Officer 4 James Averhart, was set to testify Thursday. The Marine Corps’ chief of corrections testified Wednesday that Averhart wrongly kept Manning on suicide watch for at least seven days of his nine months’ confinement.
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.