Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Senate has been spinning its wheels for weeks. We’re told financial reform is a done deal. Yesterday, senators defeated a couple of amendments — including the Brown/Kaufman SAFE banking amendment — while pushing everything else, including Bernie Sanders’ Audit the Fed amendment, to next week. (They’ll consider working on a Friday if they have something seriously important, I guess.) Meanwhile Harry Reid and the White House have decided to push immigration reform next. Which upset thin-skinned amphibian Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who wanted to do climate change next.
John Kerry is going to introduce the climate legislation that he wrote with Graham and Joe Lieberman next week. And Kerry promised Graham would vote for it! Roll Call reports:
Of Graham, Kerry said: “He’s going to vote for the bill” regardless of whether he’s at the unveiling.
The Senate cannot do one thing at a time. Sen. Kerry should know this. I’m not sure how he expects them to do three things. (Sorry, four things. Next week is also when President Obama will most likely introduce us to his new Supreme Court nominee.)
Lindsey Graham promptly said it would be irresponsible to take any action until Democrats agree that we must continue drilling everywhere forever as millions of gallons of oil continue spilling into the Gulf.)
But at the moment, everyone knows that the best thing to do is just give Sen. Graham some space to throw his public temper tantrum, and hope that eventually he will calm down and throw his support back behind a bill he helped write. Then the whole thing can be defeated 59-41 with Kent Conrad voting against it for some reason.
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @pareeneMore Alex Pareene.
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.