Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Every year, Sarah Palin is invited to the Conservative Political Action Conference, and every year she decides not to go. This tradition actually dates back to before she was selected as John McCain’s running mate! This year, organizers asked her to give the “keynote” speech after the straw poll on the last night of the event, which is the sort of thing that a would-be Republican presidential candidate should really want to do, but even that was not enough to get her to show. It is, according to the American Conservative Union, a “scheduling issue,” which I think means that Sarah Palin only makes room in her schedule for events organized by people who pay better than CPAC. “”February is our busiest winter month,” “Palin” “wrote” in an e-mail to the Washington Post. (Because she is a romantic groundhog who loves presidents.) Now CPAC is a week away and they don’t have a keynote speaker. While I’m sure Newt Gingrich would be happy to fill in, people might be a little burned out on Newt by Saturday after he spends the entirety of the previous two days speaking, constantly. Here are a couple ideas to fill the keynote, offered free of charge to CPAC organizers:
Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.