Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee says the United States should keep a residual force of 13,600 in Afghanistan after combat troops leave at the end of 2014.
Republican Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon made the comments Wednesday in an interview with reporters, a day after he returned from his third trip to Afghanistan. McKeon said military leaders in Kabul and U.S. Ambassador James Cunningham also favor a residual force of that size with coalition partners contributing some 6,500 troops.
Last week, Gen. James Mattis, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East, said he preferred a force of that size. The number, however, is far more than what U.S. and NATO leaders discussed at a meeting last month.
President Barack Obama is expected to make a decision soon.
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.