Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Herman Cain 30 percent
Mitt Romney 22 percent
Newt Gingrich 15 percent
Rick Perry 14 percent
Michele Bachmann 5 percent
Ron Paul 5 percent
The poll doesn’t account for last night’s debate, at which Cain and his “9-9-9″ plan played a prominent role, but what jumps out at me is the combined Cain/Gingrich number: 45 percent. Think about this for a minute. Neither one of them is running what would traditionally be called a real campaign. Cain has barely spent any time in Iowa (where a PPP poll released yesterday also showed him in first place) and New Hampshire and has almost no day-to-day campaign presence in either state. There are no major Republican elected officials backing him (not yet, at least). He is not running television ads. He didn’t come to this race with any name recognition. His press secretary just left his campaign … to work for a candidate for lieutenant governor of Louisiana. All he’s really done is show up at the debates, hit all of the requisite GOP cattle calls, and done television interviews. And less than three months before the Iowa caucuses, nearly one in three Republicans say they want to make him their presidential nominee.
Gingrich’s story is similar. He came to the race with actual name recognition, but his entire senior staff quit in June, he’s shown almost no interest in raising money, and he’s spent about as much time in Greece and Hawaii as in New Hampshire and Iowa. He managed to win an endorsement from Nathan Deal, the governor of Georgia (where Newt once lived), but that’s about it as far as high-profile support goes. Ask a Republican political professional about the “Gingrich organization” and you’ll probably hear laughter. Like Cain, Gingrich has pursued his candidacy almost exclusively through debates, cable news appearances and cattle calls. And three months before the lead-off caucuses, about one in six Republicans want him as their nominee.
I still haven’t met anyone who seriously believes Cain (or even Gingrich) can win the nomination, but this is getting absurd.
Steve Kornacki writes about politics for Salon. Reach him by email at SKornacki@salon.com and follow him on Twitter @SteveKornackiMore Steve Kornacki.
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.
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