Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s government has started counting the dead, wounded and missing in its quarter-century civil war amid international pressure to conduct a credible investigation into war crimes allegations.
It comes two years after a local war commission recommended a census to determine the number of civilian deaths in the civil war which ended in 2009. Thousands are said to have perished in just the last few months of the fighting.
Government census official A.J. Satharasinghe says the countrywide count started Thursday by some 15,000 workers will be completed on Dec. 20.
Countries like the United States and Britain have warned that Sri Lanka could face an international war crimes investigation if it fails to inquire on its own abuse allegations against government soldiers and the now-defeated Tamil Tiger rebels.
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.