Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — Sudan’s official news agency says authorities in Saudi Arabia barred an aircraft carrying longtime President Omar al-Bashir from entering the kingdom’s airspace.
The Sudan News Agency reported that the plane carrying al-Bashir and a number of other high-level Sudanese dignitaries was heading to Tehran, where the president was to attend the inauguration and swearing-in of Iran’s new President Hasan Rouhani on Sunday.
The Sudan news agency said that Sudanese authorities were waiting for an explanation from their Saudi counterparts as to why al-Bashir’s plane was denied access to cross its airspace.
Al-Bashir was not seen at Rouhani’s inauguration.
Sudan media says that al-Bashir had chartered a Saudi plane for the trip. Saudi officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional foes.
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.