Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As a part of the slow but ongoing effort to shutter the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, two detainees have been transferred from the detention center into the hands of the Algerian government. Eighty-six of the remaining 164 prisoners at the camp — held without charge for nearly a decade — have been cleared for transfer but remain detained at the military base.
Nabil Said Hadjarab and Mutia Sadiq Ahmad Sayyab were approved for transfer following a “comprehensive review” by the Guantánamo Review Task Force, according to a statement.
Lawyers from the Center for Constitutional Rights, who represent a number of Gitmo detainees, welcomed the resumption of voluntary transfers, but urged humane treatment of the detainees by the Algerian government and stated too that no detainees should be repatriated against their will:
Such steps must continue until this shameful chapter in our nation’s history has ended once and for all. Meanwhile, Algeria must treat the two men who have been transferred there humanely, and the United States should not forcibly repatriate anyone who fears persecution, including CCR’s client Djamel Ameziane.
Meanwhile, more than 60 detainees continue to refuse food at the camp in a hunger strike that has lasted over six month and resulted in the torturous force feeding of dozens of inmates.
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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.