Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Aging New Jersey Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg announced today that he will not seek reelection in 2014, clearing the way for an expected run by Newark Mayor Cory Booker.
“I am not announcing the end of anything. I am announcing the beginning of a two-year mission to pass new gun safety laws, protect children from toxic chemicals and create more opportunities for working families in New Jersey,” Lautenberg told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. “While I may not be seeking re-election, there is plenty of work to do before the end of this term and I’m going to keep fighting as hard as ever for the people of New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.”
At age 89, Lautenberg is the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran in the upper chamber. He was widely expected to retire at the end of his term, to create an opening for the ambitious Booker, but when Booker recently publicly floated a potential bid, Lautenberg seemed to find new vigor for his job and took pot shots at Booker.
A Lautenberg aide even went to the press to attack Booker, telling Politico of the Newark mayor, “This guy is self-absorbed and disrespectful.” Many Democrats had hoped Booker would challenge New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, but he chose not to in 2012. That prompted the Lautenberg aide to say, “It’s shameful that he avoided challenging a Republican just so that he can take on a long-serving, loyal Democrat.”
But apparently the hatchet has now been buried and Lautenberg will step aside to make room for the younger Democrat. Other Democrats may challenge Booker, but he is the clear front-runner.
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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.