Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
TAMPA — Florida Rep. Allen West demurred from defending vice-presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s Wednesday convention speech, which has been widely panned for its factual inaccuracies. When Salon asked the Tea Party hero today if he had any comment for media fact-checkers who had condemned the speech, West replied, “Whoever the speechwriters are, that’s their business. Not mine.”
Asked a second time specifically about a fact-checker article the AP ran this morning refuting numerous key points in Ryan’s speech, West responded, “That’s between Paul Ryan and the speechwriters. Not me.” Given his famed loquaciousness, West’s silence may speak loudest.
Salon expected West, who almost never misses an opportunity to pick to a fight, to tee off against the media and fact-checker organizations. A Romney strategist said Monday, “Fact checkers come to this with their own sets of thoughts and beliefs, and we’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers.”
West also said he wants to go shooting with actor Clint Eastwood, who will deliver a surprise speech to the convention tonight. “Maybe he’ll show up with his .357 Magnum and say ‘make my day’ … I would love to go shooting with Clint Eastwood, that sounds awesome.”
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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.