Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It looks like the Democratic establishment finally caught a bit of a break Tuesday: Tamyra d’Ippolito has, apparently, not qualified for the ballot for the party’s nomination for Senate in Indiana.
Petitions were due at noon Tuesday to qualify for the election for the Senate seat that Evan Bayh has suddenly decided he doesn’t want anymore. D’Ippolito, who had been the only other Democrat running against Bayh, presented a potentially serious problem for the party: She had very few resources, very little experience and was unlikely to pose much of an obstacle to whichever Republican wins the GOP nomination. But if she had managed to qualify for the ballot, she would have been the Democratic nominee, since no one else would have made it into the primary.
In order to qualify, though, d’Ippolito needed to turn in petitions with valid signatures from 500 voters in each of the state’s nine congressional districts. And in Marion County, the home of Indianapolis, which encompasses the entire 7th Congressional District, she turned in a grand total of two signatures.
“She fell 498 signatures short in the 7th Congressional District,” Terry Burns, the Democratic member for the Marion County Board of Voter Registration, told Salon. “Since we have the entire 7th within our county, it’s fair to say she fell way short.” The county Board of Elections, where petitions could also have been turned in, received nothing from d’Ippolito at all Tuesday, according to Alex Bowscher, a clerk there.
That means the party establishment will pick a candidate, since Bayh’s withdrawal means no one will have qualified. Republicans, hoping to stir up trouble, are calling for the deadline to be extended, but it’s set by statute, which means it might not be able to be changed even if everyone wanted to push it back.
Democrats will continue searching for a stronger candidate for November. So far, sources say, they’ve been focusing on Rep. Brad Ellsworth or Rep. Baron Hill.
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.