Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Hey, remember when Congress was going to finish healthcare reform legislation sometime, oh, last summer? Yeah. Didn’t quite happen. And then when they were going to finish it before the end of the year? Oh, and remember when they were hoping to have it done before President Obama delivered the State of the Union, now scheduled to take place last week?
At a certain point, I guess, you start figuring: Hey, we’re already months late, what’s another month or two? That must be it, because even with the midterm elections creeping ever closer, senior Congressional Democrats are sounding very casual about the pace at which things are proceeding now.
On Thursday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she and other members of the leadership are “not in a big rush” now. And on Friday, the Associated Press reports, Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., told reporters that it’s time to “maybe take a breather for a month, six weeks” and move on to other subjects.
This really doesn’t read like a declaration that he thinks reform is dead — it might just take them that long to figure out how to proceed anyway — but there is a point at which the Democrats will run out of months. Vulnerable Democrats don’t want to hit the campaign trail with this whole thing unfinished and hanging over their heads, and they might just start to bolt if that starts to happen.
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.
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