Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In the Senate today, Democrats are trying to find their way between the leave-Iraq-by-July 2007 position, advocated by Sens. John Kerry, Russ Feingold and Barbara Boxer, and the more open-ended phased withdrawal advocated by the party leadership. The Republicans aren’t offering any alternative plans for ending the war, besides grumbling that such talk of withdrawal amounts to a plan to “cut and run.”
A front-page story in today’s New York Times lets Sen. Kerry defend his proposal, while arguing that it’s angering some other Dems by making the party appear indecisive before the November elections. Kerry told the Times: “The Democrats need to be strong and stand up with a clear articulation about how we make the United States stronger,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, we should go right at Karl Rove and his phony tough talk that is calculated purely for the election and not for a successful strategy in Iraq. I’m doing what I think is the right thing to do as a policy matter,” he said, “for our troops and for the country. Someone else will deal with politics.”
The Times suggests that the debate in the party is about more than just politics, reflecting an actual split among the American people: “Polls suggest many Americans are eager to see American troops come home from Iraq but are uneasy about leaving too soon. The rival Democratic approaches may reflect that tension, with Mr. Kerry appealing to those who regard the war as a mistake, while the Democratic leaders reflect more caution.”
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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