Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BANGKOK (AP) — Oil prices fell Tuesday after industrial production shrank in the 17 countries that use the euro, raising concerns of a prolonged recession in the region.
Benchmark crude for February delivery was down 29 cents to $93.85 per barrel at midday Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose 58 cents to finish at $94.15 per barrel in New York on Tuesday.
Industrial output across the eurozone fell in November for the third straight month, the European Union statistics office said Monday. The worse-than-expected 0.3 percent monthly decline was felt across the whole economy and sparked worries that it was a sign the current recession might linger.
“The weaker than expected European industrial production figures has seen Brent and US crude prices remain under pressure,” Michael Hewson, senior market analyst at CMC Markets, said in a market commentary.
Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, was down 27 cents to $110.68 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:
— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.9 cent to $2.763 a gallon.
— Natural gas rose 1.7 cents to $3.39 per 1,000 cubic feet.
— Heating oil was nearly unchanged at $3.062.
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.