Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Our newest, hottest interim U.S. senator is Carte Goodwin of West Virginia. The 36-year-old attorney from a well-connected family will be the youngest member of the Senate, America’s inexplicably powerful House of Lords. He replaces the oldest senator, Robert Byrd, who died last month after being a frail 90-something for what felt like decades.
And this Goodwin is quite the looker! It is not yet known if he has a truck, but this young blood may be all the Democrats need to turn their political fortunes around. Conservatives are already reeling (K-Lo: “is scott brown dethroned?”) — and although Goodwin will only serve while Governor Joe Manchin prepares to run for the seat himself this November, presumably West Virginia’s other Senator, 73-year-old Jay Rockefeller, will also retire or pass on at some point (probably 2030 or so), and as long as Goodwin is still handsome, I think the seat is his.
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.