Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
With conservative activists having forced Republican Dede Scozzafava from the congressional special election being held tomorrow in upstate New York, the race is suddenly a big national story. And the tea partiers have even more reason to be celebrating now, as it looks as if their chosen candidate — independent Doug Hoffman — may be poised for victory.
A new poll, conducted by Siena Research Institute, shows Hoffman leading Democrat Bill Owens, 41-36. Six percent of respondents said they’re still supporting Scozzafava, who will be on the ballot despite her decision to drop out.
That doesn’t mean Hoffman has the race locked up, though. There are a couple positive signs in this poll for Owens: First of all, the number of undecideds has skyrocketed, up to 18 percent. And the Democrat is currently leading among independents; 43 percent of them say they’ll vote for Ownes, compared to 37 percent for Hoffman.
It’s hard to make any real predictions, though. The problem with polling any race like this is that it’s damn near impossible to accurately predict the turnout, and that makes it quite difficult to construct a viable model of the electorate to use as a basis for polling.
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.