Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Thomas Ricks, a defense reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, went on Fox News to talk about how John McCain is backing off his plan to block Susan Rice’s nomination to secretary of state. But the interview was rather unceremoniously cut short after Ricks told host Jon Scott that “Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party.”
Ricks first said of McCain that he thinks “Benghazi generally was hyped by this network especially. And now that the campaign is over, I think he’s backing off a little bit. They’re not going to stop Susan Rice from being secretary of state.”
When Scott objected to Ricks calling the controversy over Benghazi “hype,” Ricks replied: “I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican Party.” The interview ended there.
Ricks told Politico’s Dylan Byers: “I had told the producer before I went on that I thought the Benghazi story had been hyped. So it should have been no surprise when I said it and the anchor pushed back that I defended my view.”
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.