Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is calling for all parties in Turkey to “calm the situation” amid anti-government protests.
In a statement, spokeswoman Laura Lucas says the U.S. believes peaceful public demonstrations “are a part of democratic expression.” And she says Turkey’s long-term stability is best guaranteed by upholding “the fundamental freedoms of expression, assembly and association.”
The White House statement in particular calls on security forces in Turkey to “exercise restraint.”
Thousands of people around Turkey have been protesting in the country’s fiercest anti-government demonstrations in years. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (REH’-jehp TY’-ihp UR’-doh-wahn) rejected claims that he is a “dictator,” dismissing protesters as an extremist fringe.
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.