Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Barack Obama may have dined with conservative columnists Tuesday night, but that doesn’t mean the president-elect is leaving the liberals out. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports that Obama met Wednesday at his transition headquarters with a group of pundits from the left, including Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne and Eugene Robinson. (Some moderates were included as well.)
Separately, the list of attendees at Tuesday’s dinner has been fleshed out. Sadly, it didn’t include Rush Limbaugh, but, in addition to the names that were already revealed, Larry Kudlow, Rich Lowry, Peggy Noonan, Michael Barone, and Paul Gigot were there.
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.