Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
What’s that you were saying about “cowards,” Jean Schmidt?
The Cincinnati Post is reporting that the Republican representative from Ohio won’t talk to reporters about her decision to smear Pennsylvania Rep. Jack Murtha on the House floor last week, and the Cincinnati Enquirer says she skipped two previously scheduled public appearances yesterday.
Who can blame her, really? Four days after she strapped on her nicest red, white and blue sweater and suggested that a 37-year veteran of the Marine Corps is a “coward” who wants to “cut and run” from Iraq, Schmidt is under attack from editorial writers and comedians alike.
And it gets worse. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer recycles the promise Schmidt made as she took office earlier this year — “I pledge to … refrain from name-calling or the questioning of character” — other Ohio papers are saying that Schmidt’s smear of Murtha was factually incorrect in addition to being morally reprehensible. When Schmidt said, “Cowards cut and run, Marines never do,” she claimed to be repeating a message that Ohio state legislator Danny Bubp has asked her to deliver to Murtha. But Bubp’s office tells the Cincinnati Post that, while Bubp spoke with Schmidt last week, he didn’t mention Murtha by name or ask Schmidt to convey any message to him. “The unfortunate thing about all of that is that her choice of words on the floor of the House — I don’t know, she’s a freshman, she had one minute,” Bubp himself told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “Unfortunately, they came out wrong.”
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.