Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON — Sen. Orrin Hatch may be a conservative Republican from Utah, but don’t let anyone tell you he doesn’t know his ninja gear.
At confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination this afternoon, Hatch and Sotomayor found themselves debating gun laws — and running a bit farther afield. Here’s their exchange:
HATCH: As a result of this very permissive legal standard — and it is permissive — doesn’t your decision in Maloney mean that virtually any state or local weapons ban would be permissible?
SOTOMAYOR: Sir, in Maloney, we were talking about nunchuk sticks.
HATCH: I understand.
SOTOMAYOR: Those are martial arts sticks.
HATCH: Two sticks bound together by rawhide or some sort of a…
SOTOMAYOR: Exactly. And — and when the sticks are swung, which is what you do with them, if there’s anybody near you, you’re going to be seriously injured, because that swinging mechanism can break arms, it can bust someone’s skull.
The hearings are about to let out so senators can attend their weekly party lunches, and the show is set to pick up again at 2 p.m. Eastern. So far, no word on whether the later session will deal with throwing stars.
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.