Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It’s been an open secret for some time now that former Rep. Pat Toomey was going to mount a primary challenge against his fellow Pennsylvania Republican, Sen. Arlen Specter. But Toomey made it official on Wednesday, and began his campaign with an attack on the incumbent’s right flank.
“For 30 years, Sen. Specter has consistently voted for increased government spending and a liberal agenda on social, labor, immigration and national security policies,” Toomey said, according to The Hill. “In recent months, Sen. Specter voted in favor of the unprecedented Wall Street and auto company bailouts and the massive ‘stimulus’ spending bill. Sen. Specter is on the wrong side of these critical issues and Pennsylvanians will pay the price.”
Toomey came close to unseating Specter in 2004, when he lost to the senator in the Republican primary by just two percentage points. Recent polls have shown the former congressman in the lead this time. It’s still early, of course, and it’s likely that Specter will, at the very least, be able to pull closer but given the constriction of the GOP down to its base and the opposition to the stimulus within the party, he’s going to have a rough time. Plus, in order to survive the primary, he’ll have to tack to the right, which will hurt him in the general election, if he makes it that far.
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.