Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Kerry is currently at work on new diplomatic proposals aimed at unseating Assad — who he knew well before the war broke out, according to the Washington Post — although he notes that such measures may still arrive too late to quell the bloodshed.
“My goal is to see us change his calculation. My goal is to see us have a negotiated outcome and minimize the violence,” Kerry said of Assad, soon after meeting with Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh.
“President Assad has the ability to be able to make the difference here by deciding to engage in a legitimate diplomatic process,” Kerry said to reporters on Feb 14th, prior to a meeting with UN chief Ban Ki-moon, according to Xinhua. “He must end this killing.”
Kerry also reflected that there was a certain “inevitability” to Assad’s current situation, but added “that hasn’t sunk into him yet, obviously.”
Kerry’s tone towards Syria mirrors that of US President Barack Obama, who took a hard line on the Syrian despot in his State of the Union address, noting that his administration “will keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian.”
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay announced on Feb 12th that the total death toll in Syria is likely nearing 70,000, and noted that civilians are especially hard-hit by the ongoing violence, Reuters reported.
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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