Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — New taxes are coming Jan. 1 to help finance President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
Most people may not notice, since the increases mainly hit high-income earners, individuals making more than $200,000 and couples over $250,000.
But people will pay attention if Congress decides to start taxing employer-sponsored health insurance. That option is in play if lawmakers can ever agree on a budget deal to reduce federal debts. It’s been overlooked with all the focus on the political battle between Obama and House Republicans.
About half of Americans benefit from the tax-free status of employer health insurance.
Experts say it’s hard to see how lawmakers can avoid touching health insurance if they want to eliminate loopholes and curtail deductions so as to raise revenue and lower tax rates.
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.