Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Today we are finally learning who bankrolls the super PACs that have been dominating the Republican primary, as they file Federal Election Commission reports detailing their finances. The groups managed to exploit a loophole to delay their disclosures until today, after several key primaries and caucuses have already been held.
As of this writing, the filings of the super PACs backing Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have not yet appeared on the FEC’s website. But we have learned something about the pro-Jon Huntsman group, Our Destiny PAC: It was funded primarily by Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Sr.
Huntsman Sr. is the founder and chairman of the Huntsman Corp., a giant chemical company, and he was on Forbes’ list of the 1,000 richest people in the world in 2010.
Huntsman Sr. provided a steady flow of contributions to Our Destiny PAC totaling about $1.9 million, which was given in seven chunks. That was 70 percent of the $2.7 million the group raised. The rest of the money came from just 17 other donors, including two members of the Walton family, which has made a fortune from Walmart.
That money allowed Our Destiny PAC to run ads like this one from New Hampshire, which labeled Mitt Romney a “chameleon”:
Huntsman has, of course, since dropped out of the race and endorsed Romney.
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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.