Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Two senators are proposing a new round of Iran sanctions aimed at preventing the Islamic republic from doing business around the world in euros.
Iran is already largely cut off from international transactions in dollars, meaning its business with foreign banks and customers must be conducted in other currencies.
And the budget amendment proposed by Republican Mark Kirk of Illinois and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia targets what is being called the “euro loophole.”
The amendment seeks to block Iran from accessing foreign holdings in euros and using the European Central Bank’s interbank payment system.
Senators hope to vote on the budget this weekend. Dozens of amendments may not get a vote.
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.