Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BAGHDAD (AP) — At least eight people were killed and nearly 40 were wounded in separate attacks across Iraq on Wednesday, officials said.
The first attack took place early in the morning in the western city of Fallujah when gunmen in a speeding car sprayed a police checkpoint with bullets, killing three policemen, a police officer said. The former insurgent stronghold is about 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad.
That shooting was followed by attacks in the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, where a parked a car bomb exploded near the offices of a Kurdish party, wounding 20 people, another police officer said. A suicide car bomber hit a checkpoint manned by Kurdish security forces in the city, killing one Kurdish security member and wounding six, the officer added. Kirkuk is 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.
In the Iraqi capital, a bomb attached to a minibus killed three commuters and wounded eight, police said. And in the northern city of Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, a suicide bomber with an explosive-laden belt blew himself up in a carpenter’s workshop, killing one person and wounding four people, police said.
Hospital officials confirmed the casualty figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.
Violence has ebbed in Iraq, but insurgent attacks are still frequent.
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.