Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BISSAU, Guinea-Bissau (AP) — The African Union says it could lift sanctions against Guinea-Bissau as the country’s leader promises elections later this year.
The West African country long destabilized by rebellions suffered its latest coup in April 2012.
Guinea-Bissau’s interim leader is now pledging to organize elections before the end of the year though no date has been officially set.
Ouvídio Pequeno, the AU’s permanent representative to Guinea-Bissau, on Thursday praised the latest political developments.
And he said the international community was ready to help Guinea-Bissau organize and carry out the vote.
Guinea-Bissau, used by drug traffickers to ferry cocaine to Europe, was just weeks away from a presidential runoff vote when the military coup took place last year.
No leader in nearly 40 years of independence has finished his term in office.
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.