Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — In a campaign fast growing nasty, the Republican National Committee is trying a gentler approach.
An ad running in seven battleground states says President Barack Obama tried to fix the economy and that “it’s OK to make a change.”
While that type of soothing pitch may have a place in advertisements for toothpaste or coffee, it’s less common in presidential campaigns.
Political ads typically attack, demand, ridicule and-or taunt.
But in this case, there’s a method to the lack of meanness. Several Republicans who weren’t involved in making the ad say a softer approach may be essential to the effort to defeat Obama in November, given polls showing him with strong personal favorability ratings.
The ad is airing in Ohio, Virginia, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa.
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.