Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Remember Karl Rove and Valerie Plame? The Downing Street memos? Those stories have taken a back seat to Hurricane Katrina, and the GOP would like to keep it that way.
As Senate Republicans Wednesday killed a Democratic plan for an independent, 9/11 Commission-style investigation into the government’s response to Hurricane Katrina, their colleagues in the House of Representatives were blocking Democratic efforts to learn more about the Bush administration’s role in outing Valerie Plame and its efforts to “fix” prewar intelligence on Iraq.
On party-line votes Wednesday, Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee and the House International Relations Committee blocked two resolutions that would have asked the Justice Department and the State Department to turn over documents related to the Plame leak. Republicans on the International Relations Committee also blocked two measures that would have sought documents related to prewar intelligence on Iraq.
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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