Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan criticized President Barack Obama on Wednesday over the protests in the Middle East, saying the region “looks like Tehran in 1979, but in about a dozen capitals throughout the world.”
“You can turn on the TV and look and see how the Obama foreign policy is blowing up in our faces,” Ryan told a crowd at a lawnmower-manufacturing facility in Fort Collins.
The Wisconsin congressman was referring to the 1979 Iranian revolution that led to the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the 444-day hostage crisis that helped undermine President Jimmy Carter’s administration.
Ryan continued to hammer Obama’s foreign policy during a visit to Colorado Springs, home of the U.S. Air Force Academy and Fort Carson, and promised not to cut military spending. Earlier this year he voted in favor of automatic, across-the-board cuts in Pentagon spending in January as part of a bipartisan deficit-reduction agreement.
“We’re going to rebuild this military and stop apologizing for the greatness of this country,” he said.
Ryan said Obama is ignoring the mounting federal debt. He displayed slides showing the burden growing to more than double the size of the American economy in years to come and predicted that would wreck the country’s financial health.
“This is the most predictable economic crisis we’ve ever had and the president is ducking,” Ryan said. “He is kicking the can down the road.”
A questioner in Fort Collins cited Republican candidate John McCain’s debate performances in 2008 and asked Ryan whether presidential candidate Mitt Romney would be “forceful” in the upcoming presidential debates. Ryan said “absolutely” and added: “One little difference between then and now: President Obama has a record, and President Obama has a record and a string of broken promises.”
Associated Press writer Kristen Wyatt contributed to this report from Colorado Springs.
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.