Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials have ordered 11 compounding pharmacies to completely or partially shut down after a series of recent unannounced state inspections.
The inspections were prompted by a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak caused by drugs linked to the now-closed New England Compounding Center. The Framingham pharmacy produced a contaminated steroid blamed for an outbreak that has killed 45 people and sickened more than 600 nationwide.
The unannounced inspections were conducted over the past several months at 40 sterile compounding pharmacies across the state.
Besides the 11 cease-and-desist orders, public health inspectors cited 21 other pharmacies for minor deficiencies that have since been corrected or are currently being addressed.
Pharmacies that have been shut down must submit a plan and take corrective actions before they can begin producing drugs again.
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.