Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Courtesy of Talking Points Memo, I was just watching the latest ad put out by Colorado Rep. Tom Tancredo in his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Boy, is it a doozy. There are, of course, blatant scare tactics, not to mention a hokey explosion, but for me there was one deciding factor that made me sit back and wonder: Is he serious?
Here, see for yourself. Here’s Tancredo’s ad — pay special attention to the narrator’s voice about 10 seconds in, when he says, “There are consequences to open borders beyond the 20 million aliens who’ve come to take our jobs.”
Now, maybe I just watch too much television (and I’ve almost certainly watched too much of this show in particular), but was anyone else out there reminded of the parody of the immigration issue that “South Park” did a few years back? That episode, after all, featured the repetition of the mantra “They took our jobs!” in a way that’s really quite similar to the Tancredo ad. The words are slightly different, but the tone and inflection are note perfect. (Skip to about 1:20 in to this video.)
Clearly, the real jobs under threat are those of humorists under a Tancredo administration — the man is good enough at self-parody to run them all out of business.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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.