Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has hosted dinners and lunches and visited Capitol Hill over three days in his outreach effort with Congress. Lawmakers say it will take putting the entire force of the White House operation behind opening lines of communication if the effort is to stand any chance of bearing fruit.
Follow-up is a task that many lawmakers say has not always been a top priority for the White House.
The Vermont independent who chairs the Senate’s Veterans Affairs Committee, Bernie Sanders, calls the White House outreach “spotty.”
Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says the lack of contact is “an odd way to do business.”
White House officials promise a shift in approach, a second-term strategy designed to capitalize on openings for bipartisan legislation.
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.