Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry has appointed a temporary envoy to be the top American diplomat in Egypt following the departure of ambassador Anne Patterson.
David Satterfield is a career diplomat and veteran on Mideast issues. The State Department says he’ll serve in Cairo until a new ambassador is nominated.
Kerry has recommended that the current U.S. ambassador to Syria take the post. That’s Robert Ford, whose nomination is still being vetted by the White House.
The outgoing ambassador to Egypt has been named the new assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.
Satterfield is currently director general of the multinational force in the Sinai and plans to return to that position after his stint in Cairo.
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.