Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — A high-ranking Algerian security official says troops guarding the country’s border with Mali have been given shoot-on-sight orders against anyone who attempts to illegally cross the frontier.
The official, who is responsible for security in the North African nation’s vast Sahara region, says the fear is that victories by French forces in northern Mali will send rebels there across the border into Algeria. Some of those rebels are linked to al-Qaida.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said local people have been warned about these orders and urged not to cross the border without authorization.
Algeria closed its 1,000-kilometer (600-mile) mountainous desert border with Mali on Jan. 13 after French intervened against Malian rebels who had captured much of northern Mali.
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.