Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Karl Rove argued on Tuesday that his Super PAC is not really trying to start a war with the Tea Party, and that it’s just a matter of trying to find stronger candidates than Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock.
“This is not Tea Party versus the establishment,” Rove said on Fox News. “I don’t want a fight.”
“Some people think the best we can do is Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock. They’re wrong. We need to do better if we hope to take over the United States Senate. We need to get better conservative candidates and win,” he continued.
Rove was addressing an outcry by tea partiers and far-right conservatives over an initiative by his Super PAC, American Crossroads, to use big money GOP donors to fund establishment candidates in 2014. The plan is to prevent unelectable far-right candidates, often backed by tea partiers, from winning primaries.
Leaders of various tea party groups, such as Freedomworks, Club For Growth and the Tea Party Patriots, have all decried the new effort, referring to it as everything from “Orwellian” to less effective than a Ponzi scheme. Former Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., who was backed by the tea party, even announced Tuesday that he will be forming his own Super PAC “to support freedom-loving conservative alternatives to” Rove.
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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.