Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
And another one bites the dust. New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie will announce later today that his state will accede to the Affordable Care Act’s provision to expand Medicare eligibility, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reports.
Republican governors have been resisting the expansion, taking a lawsuit against the federal government all the way to the Supreme Court, but are backing down one by one. Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, the most outspoken of the GOP governors against the healthcare law, also relented.
The expansion in New Jersey will provide healthcare coverage to about 300,000 residents who currently don’t have it. Washington will cover 100 percent of the cost for the expansion for the first three years, before support drops to 90 percent, but Republican governors worried the money would be insufficient or discontinue after some time.
So far, 39 states have announced their plans, with 22 — including nine with GOP governors — saying they’ll go along with the expansion. The remaining 17 have turned it down, but advocates expect them to reverse course down the line.
Scott is already facing a Tea Party backlash over the change, and Christie most likely will as well. And he’s already on thin ice with the conservative base. Christie was not invited to CPAC this year, the upcoming conservative gathering in Washington, and was scorned by his party for working with President Obama on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts shortly before the election.
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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.