Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
According to the New York Times, the president’s choice of Alberto Gonzales to replace John Ashcroft is all part of a Rovian strategy to eventually get Gonzales onto the Supreme Court — but also to pave the way for Bush’s first high court nominee to be a “conservative favored by his political base.”
“‘It’s a thank you to the right for the election,’ said one Republican adviser to the White House. ‘And they think they need to strike now in the post-election glow.’
The theory, the Republican said, is that Mr. Bush will be at the apex of his power at the beginning of the second term, and in a strong position to battle Democrats in any Supreme Court confirmation fight. ‘So you do the toughest nominee first,’ the Republican said.”
Geraldine Sealey is senior news editor at Salon.com.More Geraldine Sealey.
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.
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