Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
BEIJING (AP) — A businesswoman in southern China has been sentenced to death in the government’s latest crackdown on underground lending that is widely used by entrepreneurs.
The Intermediate People’s Court of Wenzhou, a center for private sector business, says Lin Haiyan was convicted of “illegal fundraising” for collecting 640 million yuan ($101 million) from individual investors by promising high returns and low risk.
Chinese entrepreneurs who often cannot get loans from the state-owned banking system rely on such informal lending. Regulators have begun tightening controls after a surge of defaults prompted protests by lenders.
Another businesswoman from Wenzhou also was sentenced to death last year on illegal fundraising charges. That penalty was overturned following an outcry on the Internet and she was sentenced to prison.
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.