Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In what organizers have called the largest single act of civil disobedience in Wal-Mart’s five-decade history, Wal-Mart workers and their supporters blocked streets in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night, resulting in 54 arrests.
The demonstrators were acting in solidarity with a coordinated employee walkout this week, reported by our own Josh Eidelson. The California walkouts, Eidelson noted, “launch[ed] the first multi-store Walmart work stoppage since the retail giant fired twenty workers who’d joined a June walkout. The surprise strike is the latest effort to squeeze the retail giant to address workers’ grievances over wages, scheduling, and alleged retaliation.”
Coordinated by advocacy group OUR Walmart, which has ties to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, the strikes and protest in L.A. this week are the first in what organizers said would be a series of protests heading into the holiday season, building on momentum first sparked by Black Friday strikes last year.
HuffPo reported on the rally, which led to over 50 arrests:
The 54 arrestees, with about 500 protesting Walmart workers, clergy and supporters, demonstrated outside LA’s Chinatown Walmart. Those who refused police orders to clear the street after their permit expired were arrested without incident. Those who fail to post $5,000 bail would be jailed overnight, Detective Gus Villanueva, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman, told The Huffington Post.
Their primary demand to Walmart: pay every full-time worker at least $25,000 a year.
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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.