Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Tea Party Express announced this afternoon that Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul will deliver the “Tea Party response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address” next week, which will come directly after the official Republican response, to be given by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
“We are happy to see that the Republicans have selected Tea Party conservative Senator Marco Rubio to deliver their response. Both Senator Rubio and Senator Paul will articulate pro-growth messages that will resonate with the American people,” Tea Party Express chair Amy Kremer said in a statement.
This is the third year in a row that Tea Party Express — which bills itself as “the nation’s largest tea party political action committee,” even though it is actually a subsidiary of a different PAC — has hosted the Tea Party response to Obama’s annual address. Rep. Michele Bachmann gave the first response in 2011, when she famously had trouble looking at the camera, and former pizza executive Herman Cain had the honors last year.
After losing steam from its peak in 2010, the Tea Party has lately been feeling under attack from Karl Rove and his new deep-pocketed project, which is to bolster electable candidates in GOP primaries against more radical challengers. It will be interesting to see if Paul sticks to Obama or uses the opportunity to take a stand against Rove and others in the Republican Party who are frustrated with the Tea Party after a big loss in November.
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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.
Rand Paul is a U.S. Senator from Kentucky.