Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Hillary Clinton says there are no “do-overs” in life, but Joe Biden seems ready to orchestrate one: The Delaware senator and presidential candidate says he’s working on legislation that would repeal the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq.
Biden voted in favor of the use-of-force authorization. But in a speech at the Brookings Institution Thursday, he said that it should be repealed now because it is no longer relevant to what U.S. troops are actually doing in Iraq. “We gave the president that power to destroy Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and, if necessary, to depose Saddam Hussein,” Biden explained. “The WMD were not there. Saddam Hussein is no longer there. The 2002 authorization is no longer relevant to the situation in Iraq.”
Biden said he wants to see the 2002 resolution replaced with a narrower authorization that would “make clear what the mission of our troops is: to responsibly draw down, while continuing to combat terrorists, train Iraqis and respond to emergencies. We should make equally clear what their mission is not: to stay in Iraq indefinitely and get mired in a savage civil war.”
Biden acknowledged that “opposing the surge” is the first step to be taken, and the House is poised to do that today when it votes on a short, straightforward resolution that expresses support for the troops and opposition to George W. Bush’s escalation. Harry Reid is keeping the Senate back from its February recess to hold a vote Saturday on whether to proceed to a vote on the House resolution.
Once the House votes — and the Senate does or doesn’t take action — the two chambers will begin moving on to more substantive efforts to rein in Bush and bring the war to a close. In the House, Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha are working to rewrite the president’s latest budget request for Iraq and Afghanistan so that it requires more rest for troops between combat deployments, better training in the kind of fighting they actually encounter in Iraq and more of the equipment they need but haven’t always been provided. Although more than 70 House Democrats have signed on to a measure that would cut funding for the war, Pelosi says neither she nor the Congress will go that far.
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.