Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
He’s already apologized for his comments about President Obama’s race, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had some more damage control to do on Monday. So, in a press conference from Nevada that was seen on national television, that’s what he did, speaking in public about the remarks for the first time.
It was, to put it mildly, something of an awkward spectacle. Reid was just quoted as describing Obama as “light-skinned” and praising him for having “no Negro dialect, unless he want[s] to have one.” And Monday, at the press conference, he was trying to fix that apparently self-inflicted wound by saying, “First of all, I am very proud that [I was] if not the first, one of the first people to suggest that Barack Obama run for president. I’m very happy about that.”
Reid also spent some time name-dropping prominent people of color whom, he says, have expressed their support.
“My heart has been warmed as to the response I’ve gotten around the country,” he said. “Whether [NAACP chairman] Julian Bond, whether it’s as a call I got coming to the facility here today from the attorney general of the United States, Eric Holder. In effect, he said, ‘I’ve known you for a long time. Anything I can do, anyone you want me to talk to, I’ll be happy to do that.’ …
I had a call last night — it was late. I was surprised he was up this late — from [Interior Secretary Ken] Salazar. And he said, ‘Harry, you make sure you tell everybody that you have done more for diversity in the United States Senate than all the rest of the people put together.’”
Even despite the support from those he named, and other Democrats as well, it’s pretty clear the majority leader — who was already facing the potential of a tough reelection campaign this year — wants to move on, and quickly. He closed the press conference by saying, “I’m not going to dwell on this anymore. It’s in the book. I’ve made all the statements I’m going to.”
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.