Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — An appeals court has upheld a lower judge’s decision not to release a former high-ranking Taliban government official from Guantanamo Bay.
Friday’s decision was the latest blow to efforts to win release for Khairullah Khairkhwa, who had been a Taliban governor and interior minister.
Last December, a few months after a federal judge refused to release him, The Associated Press reported that Khairkhwa was one of five Afghan prisoners at Guantanamo who were being considered for release as part of a peace deal with the Taliban.
But talks with the Taliban broke off in March.
His lawyers argued that he was merely a civil servant and had no military role.
But the appeals court concluded that Khairkhwa “was at least more likely than not a part of the Taliban forces.”
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.