Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told lawmakers they recommended arming Syria’s rebels.
President Obama ultimately decided against the move, said Reuters, instead providing non-lethal aid to rebels.
It is believed that anti-government rebels are being armed by Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
At a hearing in Congress Thursday, Republican Sen. John McCain asked Pentagon leaders: ”How many more have to die before you recommend military action?”
The Telegraph reported that McCain pressed the leaders on the issue asking: ”Did you support the recommendation by then-Secretary of State Clinton and then-head of CIA General Petraeus that we supply weapons to the resistance in Syria?”
The Pentagon leaders said they had supported the idea but reiterated that they now backed the president’s decision.
“Obviously there were a number of factors that were involved here that ultimately led to the president’s decision to make (the aid) non-lethal,” said Panetta, reported Reuters.
The CIA also supported the decision to arm Syrian rebels.
It is believed that 80,000 people have died during Syria’s nearly two-year civil war.
Other reports put that number closer to 60,000.
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.
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