Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Take a look at the map below, which was produced by Gallup based on an aggregation of data the pollster collected during the 2008 cycle. If you’re a Republican, it’s not a pretty picture. 29 states are described as solidly Democratic, along with the District of Columbia. Another six states lean Democratic. Meanwhile, only four are solidly Republican, while one other leans that way. All of the gray states on the map are what Gallup calls “competitive,” meaning that partisan advantage is less than five points in either direction. And you’ll notice that states that are key to Republican electoral success, like Texas, are gray.
This is most likely not the kind of thing that gets fixed easily. But the GOP is acting like that’s not the case. In describing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s take on the state of his party, the Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder wrote up a good post on this map:
McConnell subscribes to what might be called the “sales job” theory of Democratic dominance. That is — the message is fine; the techniques used to communicate it are not. The “sales job” theory is quite attractive to many Republicans because it relieves them of having to question whether Americans, at their corps (sic), are beginning to distrust what the party stands for, what the party does, who the party is. What a relief! All that’s need[ed] are some cosmetics… McConnell’s view is shared by many Republican current office-holders. It is not the view that Republican strategists tend to hold…The massive data compiled by Gallup about party identification suggests that the party has an identity problem.
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.