Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — There’s more fallout from those automatic budget cuts: Congressional trips overseas are taking a hit.
Speaker John Boehner told Republican members on Wednesday that he is suspending the use of military aircraft for official trips by House members. Lawmakers typically travel on military planes for fact-finding trips to Afghanistan or Pakistan, or other congressional excursions to foreign locales.
A House Republican leadership aide said Boehner made the announcement at a closed-door GOP conference meeting. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were private.
The House Administration Committee has already told lawmakers that they will face spending cuts in their offices due to the automatic, across-the-board cuts that kick in Friday.
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.