Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Military judge Col. Denise Lind ruled Tuesday that Pfc. Bradley Manning suffered unlawful pretrial punishment during his nine months held at Quantico. The soldier will thus be granted a sentence reduction of 112 days if he gets convicted, Lind ruled, which is a blow for Manning’s defense team, who were hoping to see their client’s charges dropped.
Although Manning was confined to a windowless, single-occupant cell for 23 hours a day and subjected to a harsh regime of checks and searches, the judge ruled that he had not been held in solitary confinement. She did, however, determine the conditions of Manning’s confinement to be “excessive in relation to legitimate government interests,” according to AP reports.
Wednesday saw the beginning of Manning’s January pretrial hearings, devoted to two motions brought by the government to limit or prevent certain evidence from being presented in the soldier’s trial.
According to Kevin Gosztola, reporting from Fort Meade, Md., Manning’s defense lawyer David Coombs today argued that questions of motive should be allowed to be raised during the trial. “He said the defense would like to argue that Manning selected information he believed would not cause damage to the U.S.. This ‘subjective belief is relevant.’” The military prosecutors argue that Manning’s motives are irrelevant to determining whether he committed the offenses for which he is charged.
The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington, also reporting from the hearing, noted that Coombs told the court he “would be calling as a witness Adrian Lamo, the hacker who alerted military authorities to Manning’s WikiLeaks activities, to give evidence about the Web chat he had with Manning shortly before the soldier’s arrest in Iraq in March 2010. The content of the Web chat, Coombs suggested, would be used by the defense to show that Manning selected information to leak that ‘could not be used to harm the US or advantage any foreign nation’.”
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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.