Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
No Labels, the 501(c)(4) founded and run by longtime political operatives dedicated to nonpartisan political “problem-solving” through endless moralist posturing and symbolic nonsense, sent an email to its subscribers today with the subject line “thank you.” They were not thanking me (or you), though, but Sen. Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut.
Lieberman apparently agreed to give some No Labels-supported bill a hearing at the Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill would deny salaries to members of Congress in the event that they fail to pass budgets on time, because that will definitely make the comfortable millionaires in Congress work together.
(Does the content of the budget bill matter? Like, at all? Isn’t no budget better than, I dunno, a budget that spends a zillion dollars on magic beans? Or warplanes that don’t work and might kill their pilots?)
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.