Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is urging a federal court to dismiss a damage lawsuit over the drone-strike killings of three U.S. citizens in Yemen last year, including an al-Qaida cleric.
In a court filing Friday, the Justice Department said the issue is best handled by the government’s political branches, not the judiciary.
U.S.-born al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki (ahn-WAHR’ al-aw-LAH’-kee) and al-Qaida propagandist Samir Khan were killed in a drone strike in September 2011. Al-Awlaki’s son, Abdulrahman, was killed the following month.
The lawsuit filed by relatives of the three charges that senior CIA and military officials violated the Constitution and international law when they authorized strikes by the unmanned drones. The complaint also accuses the U.S. government failing to take legally required measures to protect civilian bystanders.
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.