Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The White House has just announced something of a political coup: When President Obama holds a town hall in Fort Myers, Fla. on Tuesday, the man introducing him will be Gov. Charlie Crist, a prominent Republican.
Last year, Crist was being discussed as a possible running mate for then-presidential candidate John McCain. But the governor has never been terribly shy about bucking his party, and that’s true of this issue as well — even as Republicans in Congress have unified in opposition to the stimulus, Crist has come out in favor of the package. That’s not terribly surprising. Crist doesn’t have the luxury of playing to the GOP base by opposing the stimulus; like his fellow governors, he risks paying a heavy political cost for a poor economy. He needs federal money to keep his state running and his approval rating up.
Still, even though Crist’s support for the bill was already public, his appearance at the town hall will be important for Obama. It makes the president look bipartisan, and it makes the congressional GOP look like they’re off on the fringe, too extreme even for senior elected officials in their own party.
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.