Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Senate Intelligence Committee has reportedly dropped its investigation into contact between the CIA and the “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers, Reuters reports, citing an anonymous congressional aide.
The Committee began its investigation shortly after Committee Chair Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Carl Levin, D-Mich., condemned the film for depicting torture as key to uncovering the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. All three senators signed a letter to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, calling the film “misleading” and “grossly inaccurate.”
A source familiar with contacts between the filmmakers and intelligence officials said the CIA did not tell the filmmakers “enhanced interrogations” led to bin Laden. Instead, the agency helped develop characters in the film, said the source.
Reuters, which initially broke the news of the probe in early January, reported at the time that the probe was meant to determine “whether CIA personnel are responsible for the portrayal of harsh interrogation practices and in particular the suggestion that they were effective.”
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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.