Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It wasn’t hard to predict that Sarah Palin’s forthcoming memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” would feature some dubious claims, including ones that would be disputed and even debunked pretty quickly. It is, however, a little surprising to see that one assertion Palin reportedly makes in the book has been challenged days before the book is set to be released, and while it’s still under an embargo.
The Associated Press managed to obtain a copy of “Going Rogue,” and published a glimpse into some of what the former Alaska governor’s book contains on Thursday. One of the things the AP noted was that Palin discussed $500,000 in legal fees she says she’s faced recently, and that she claims about one-tenth of that sum was the result of a bill she got from Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, which wanted her to pay for having vetted her to be the Republican vice-presidential nominee.
“She said when she asked the McCain campaign if it would help her financially, she was told McCain’s camp would have paid all the bills if he’d won; since he lost, the vetting legal bills were her responsibility,” the AP reports.
A former advisor to McCain quickly came out to deny that there was any such bill. CNN’s Peter Hamby quotes the unnamed “former senior campaign advisor” as saying, “That is one hundred percent untrue… All those bills are from her personal attorney Thomas Van Flein, mostly relating to the Troopergate investigation and other ethics investigations. It is not legal to pay for those investigations out of general election funds, even if the campaign was so inclined.”
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.