Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The conventional wisdom this week is that Democrats are going to go along with the confirmation of John G. Roberts so that they can fight the president’s next Supreme Court nominee free from charges that they’re reflexively obstructionist. But if that’s the plan, somebody forgot to tell the chairman of the Democratic Party. In an email to supporters today, Howard Dean says that Roberts is the “wrong man at the wrong time for our country.”
Dean says that Roberts “has spent a career using the law to protect corporate interests and roll back the rights that protect us all.” But most of his case against the nominee seems to be built around guilt by association with the Bush administration and the “extremist” Republican leadership.
“In the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the disastrous response, we have seen the consequences of government by ideologues and political cronies,” Dean writes. “We have also seen the stark reality of American life that people like Roberts, [Karl] Rove and [Tom] DeLay either don’t understand or choose to ignore — that inequalities still persist to this day.
“Our rights — and the rights of the most vulnerable in our society — are in danger. They are in danger from those who actively seek to roll them back, and they are in danger from those in positions of leadership who don’t understand how important it is to protect the rights of every American.”
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.