Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s president says the nation continues to pray for Nelson Mandela’s health and well-being as the 94-year-old beloved leader remains hospitalized in critical condition.
President Jacob Zuma made the comments Saturday during a press conference with visiting President Barack Obama.
Zuma called Mandela the “founding president of our democracy who is much loved by our people and the world.”
The South African government has said that Mandela’s condition is stable but remains critical. He was admitted to a Pretoria hospital three weeks ago with a recurring lung infection.
Obama plans to visit privately Saturday with Mandela’s relatives, but doesn’t intend to see the man he has called a “personal hero.”
Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994 after spending 27 years in 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.