Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
If you’re ever thinking about going into politics, you should probably take a lesson from the experience of former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle: Don’t ever produce a campaign advertisement bragging about your car, even if the point you’re making is that the car is old and a little broken down. It will only come back to haunt you.
Daschle, currently President Obama’s nominee to be secretary of Health and Human Services, has been taking heat lately over his failure to pay $128,000 in taxes arising from his use of a car and driver provided to him by a major Democratic donor. Now, his problems have been exacerbated by an old campaign ad that’s just resurfaced.
The spot, which you can see below, contains this narration: “Among Washington’s BMW’s and limos is this — since 1971, the old Pontiac has served its owner well. Sure, it’s rusted, and it burns a little oil, but after 15 years and 238,000 miles, Tom Daschle still drives his old car to work every day… Isn’t it too bad that the rest of Washington doesn’t understand that a penny saved is a penny earned?”
Ironic… don’t you think?
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.
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