Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON — President Obama will announce his pick to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court at 10:15 a.m. today, a White House official has confirmed to Salon.
The New York Times reported that the finalists are federal appeals court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood, Solicitor General Elena Kagan and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Reports this morning are indicating that Sotomayor will get the job, but the administration isn’t saying much about it.
You can watch the announcement live here.
UPDATE: The White House confirms to Salon that Obama’s choice is Sotomayor. President Clinton appointed her to the 2nd Circuit in 1998. The 54-year-old New York judge would be the first Latino on the Supreme Court and the third woman. The first was Sandra Day O’Connor, now retired. The second is Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Clinton and is still on the court.
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.