Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Federal officials have investigated questionable campaign contributions to two Ohio officeholders, U.S. Rep. James Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) and state treasurer and U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’).
Spokesmen for the two confirmed Monday they had been contacted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Renacci’s spokesman says questioning centered on direct-marketing magnate Benjamin Suarez. The (Toledo) Blade reported in August that Suarez and 16 employees and spouses from Canton-based Suarez Corporation Industries gave donations totaling $100,000 each to Renacci and Mandel.
Federal campaign finance law prohibits a donor from contributing in someone else’s name. Corporations also are prohibited from awarding bonuses or other rewards to employees in exchange for political contributions. The company has said the employees gave freely and weren’t compensated.
A message left Monday with Suarez’s attorney was not immediately returned.
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.