Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NIAMEY, Niger (AP) — A state security agent says that a group of masked gunmen opened fire at the entrance to the central prison in Niger’s capital, and fought their way inside the complex.
Niger security agent Souleymane Magagi said some prison guards fell and were either wounded or dead, though he could not be sure because he ran for cover.
An Associated Press reporter who rushed to the scene was unable to approach because the roads leading to the prison had been roped off.
The prison assault comes less than two weeks after Islamic extremists carried out one of the boldest attacks in recent years when suicide bombers infiltrated both a military camp in the Nigerien city of Agadez and a French-operated uranium mine, killing 35 people, include the attackers.
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.