Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
(UPDATED) This has got to be the most compelling local news segment of the entire election cycle. WKYT in Kentucky got an interview (via TPM) with Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul supporter who stomped on the head of MoveOn protester Lauren Valle outside the Senate debate Monday.
Profitt, who spoke on condition that his face not appear on camera, told the station that a) the police were to blame because they weren’t doing their jobs, b) his bad back is to blame because he couldn’t bend down to restrain Valle with his hands, and c) Valle is to blame because she planned the whole incident. He added that Valle owes him an apology.
UPDATE: MoveOn’s Ilyse Hogue, director of communications, responds to Profitt’s request for an apology
“I am offended and outraged by the words of Tim Profitt, the Rand Paul campaign worker who, with two other men, threw 23 year-old Lauren Valle to the ground and then stomped on her head, leaving her with a concussion. Profitt said the attack was ‘not a big deal,’ that Lauren ‘instigated it’ and that ‘she should apologize’ — words that are eerily familiar to many women who have faced assault and abuse.
“Lauren’s exercise of her First Amendment rights cannot possibly justify the violence against her any more than a woman’s clothes can excuse a sexual assault. If Tim Profitt can get away with blaming Lauren for his attack on her, then women — and all those speaking out for their beliefs in this political climate — will have reason to fear. Candidates on both sides of the aisle, including Rand Paul, must condemn Profitt’s outrageous statements and call out this violence for what it is: anti-women and anti-American.”
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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.