Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee is criticizing Attorney General Eric Holder for appointing two federal prosecutors to look into national security leaks.
Sen. Chuck Grassley says he wants the attorney general to appoint an independent special prosecutor to look into the leaks, rather than Holder’s choice, U.S. Attorneys Ron Machen and Rod Rosenstein, who hold political appointments. Grassley was referring to a procedure by which an outside special counsel who is not with Justice Department conducts the leak investigations.
Holder praised the two U.S. attorneys as experienced and highly respected.
Machen and Rosenstein were appointed to oversee investigations into who leaked information about U.S. involvement in cyberattacks on Iran and an al-Qaida plot to place an explosive device aboard a U.S.-bound flight.
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.