Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the United States will cease paying a $147 million annual settlement to Brazil that is part of a long-running trade dispute over cotton subsidies.
The United States agreed to pay the money to Brazil in 2010, just as the South American country said it would raise tariffs on hundreds of millions of dollars in American goods. Stopping the payments could mean Brazil re-issues that threat of retaliation.
The World Trade Organization said in 2009 that Brazil could retaliate against the United States because of illegal U.S. cotton subsidies.
Vilsack says in an interview that he doesn’t have the authority to continue payments on Oct. 1 because Congress hasn’t passed a farm bill or a budget.
The Brazilian foreign and agriculture ministries are declining to comment.
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.