Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Minneapolis judge who heard Sen. Larry Craig’s request to withdraw his guilty plea on disorderly conduct charges today says he won’t make a decision in the case for at least a week, throwing into question Craig’s plan — if it ever was a plan — to resign Sunday.
As you’ll recall, Craig went before the TV cameras in Boise on Sept. 1 to make what seemed like an announcement of his resignation in the wake of news that he’d pleaded guilty to a criminal charge arising out of his wide-stancing, toe-tapping, hand-swiping conduct in an airport men’s room. But Craig, buoyed by words of support from Sen. Arlen Specter, chose his words carefully that day, saying only that it was his “intent to resign from the Senate” effective Sept. 30.
One aide to Craig subsequently said that the senator was keeping his options open and that he might not resign if he was able to get his guilty plea withdrawn before Sept. 30. Another aide said that Craig almost certainly would resign by Sept. 30. A Republican “source” now tells CNN that Craig wants to find some way to remain in the Senate and won’t resign so long as the judge’s ruling is still pending.
Asked about his plans Tuesday, Craig himself said: “We are waiting for the legal determinations, and I have nothing more to say.” The press seems to be viewing that as a “no comment.” But given the way Craig previously announced he was resigning without actually announcing that he was resigning, we’ll take it to mean that Craig doesn’t plan to go anywhere until all the “legal determinations” about his case have been made.
Update: No further tea-leaf reading is necessary: Craig said this afternoon that he’ll be staying in office “for now.”
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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