Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
House Republicans responded to criticism that they were only appointing white, male committee chairs by bringing a woman into the mix: Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich., who will head the House Administrations Committee.
Earlier this week, various news outlets pointed out that Republicans had tapped 19 white men to head up the committees in the next session. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., is currently the only female Republican committee chair, and she’ll be stepping down from her post.
The Washington Post reports:
So Boehner turned to Miller, a five-term lawmaker who lost a bid to lead the House Homeland Security Committee earlier in the week. Miller gets the admin job even though Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) had more seniority and was angling for the position.
“From ensuring the House runs efficiently and smoothly, to making Congress more open and accessible, Candice has a big job ahead as chairman of the House Administration Committee,” Boehner said in a statement Friday.
The Post points out that Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., who is now chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, is the fourth-ranking House Republican.
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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.