Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Rapper and MC Yasiin Bey, aka Mos Def, has partnered with the Human Rights organization Reprieve to demonstrate the standard operating procedure currently being used to force-feed more than 40 inmates at Guantánamo Bay.
Executing the procedure based on a leaked military document, the Guardian has released the four-minute film made by award-winning director Asif Kapadia (Warning: content may be disturbing for some viewers) in which Bey is shackled to a chair and undergoes the “extremely painful” procedure.
Currently, more than 100 detainees are on a hunger strike at the facility, and more than 40 of them are being force fed. The strike shows no sign of slowing.
Carlos Warner, a lawyer who represents several of the detainees on strike, told the Guardian in June: “The hunger strike grows for two reasons: the military’s refusal to negotiate with the men in a productive way and because the president has taken no action in spite of his words.”
In a speech in May, President Obama echoed an unfulfilled promise from 2008 in which he said the administration would work to close the base, which currently holds several inmates who have been detained without trial for more than a decade.
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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.