Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
HONOLULU (AP) — The White House says it remains “deeply concerned” about the fragile security situation in South Sudan.
In a statement Tuesday, spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden urged South Sudan’s leaders to take immediate steps to end the current conflict. She also welcomed an agreement between the government and rebels to hold talks for the first time.
Hayden says the U.S. will deny support to any elements that use force to seize power and will work to ensure accountability for those perpetrating atrocities and war crimes. She says the U.S. is concerned about reports of human rights abuses allegedly carried out by both the government and rebel forces.
More than 1,000 people have been killed in ethnically-based violence that began coursing through South Sudan in mid-December. Some believe that estimate is too low.
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.