Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who first broke the NSA story and has written extensively about cybersecurity, argued with New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin over the sentencing of ex-Army Pvt. Bradley Manning on “AC360″ last night. Manning, 25, was convicted of 17 of 22 charges for leaking classified military information to WikiLeaks, and though he was acquitted for the most serious charge of aiding the enemy, faces up to 136 years in prison.
Toobin largely supported the verdict, saying, “He should be going to prison and he will be,” but Greenwald argued that Manning was merely doing the job of an investigative journalist. “If you’re sufficiently rich and powerful and well-connected in Washington, the laws don’t apply to you. You don’t get punished. The only people who do are people like Bradley Manning,” said Greenwald. He compared Manning to investigative journalist Bob Woodward, an industry veteran who has reported leaks from Washington officials throughout his illustrious career.
“What Bradley Manning did is the job of journalists, which is to bring transparency to what the government is doing,” said Greenwald.
Toobin disagreed, saying, “It’s not up to Bradley Manning to make the decision to disclose this.” If something is labeled as classified by government officials, argued Toobin, “I trust their judgment about what’s a secret a lot more than I do Bradley Manning’s.”
“You can make that argument about every leak case,” rebutted Greenwald, citing Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers to the American public. “And yet what Daniel Ellsberg did was expose systematic lies in the part of the U.S. government.”
Greenwald tore into Toobin, explaining, “This is how investigative journalism works, Jeff.”
“People inside their government with a conscience come forward when they find out things that their government is doing are wrong and they disclose it to the world through media outlets and journalism. If you think that’s criminal, you’re essentially calling for the end of investigative journalism.”
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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.