Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Clearly, we’ve been paying too much attention to Michele Bachmann. Come on, people — there are other members of Congress out there just starved for attention and willing to say damn near anything that pops to mind in order to get it.
Like, say, Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. As I noted on Friday, last week, in the wake of the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, King worried about the prospect of a “gay marriage Mecca” coming to Iowa. This week, he went further, worrying about civilization itself, according to the Iowa Independent.
“Our entire culture comes through a man and a woman joined in holy matrimony, being blessed with children and pouring those values into the children and then living vicariously through them as they go off and we are blessed with grandchildren,” King said at an anti-abortion event on Monday night, adding, “it has been thus since the beginning… We don’t have to apologize to anybody for this. They are the ones who are offending our civilization and our culture.”
King also said his state has “become the embarrassment of the nation” in the wake of the decision.
And then there’s Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. He’s been in Afghanistan recently, and while there he took the time to decry the level of funding provided for the military in President Obama’s budget. In a press release put out by his office, Inhofe said, “I cannot believe what I heard today… President Obama is disarming America. Never before has a president so ravaged the military at a time of war.”
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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