Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Bahrain are demonstrating against the Gulf nation’s monarchy, less than a week before planned talks aimed at easing a two-year political crisis.
Wednesday’s march includes some groups favoring the dialogue. But many appear to take a hard line against the Western-backed rulers with harsh slogans, suggesting divisions in the opposition ahead of talks set for next week.
Shiite protesters have increasingly demanded a stronger voice in the affairs of the Sunni-ruled nation, which is home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet. Although the majority in Bahrain, Shiites claim they face systematic discrimination.
Protest gatherings are planned every day until Feb. 14, the second anniversary of the uprising.
Main Shiite political factions have agreed to hold preliminary talks with Sunni officials beginning Sunday.
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.