Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In a now-deleted Fox News blog post on gun control, Ann Coulter remarked that if “Republican senators need to have a member of their families killed for them to support the Democrats’ gun proposals” they should “start with Meghan McCain.”
The line was a reference to MSNBC host Martin Bashir’s question to Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings about a possible filibuster on a Senate gun proposal. Bashir asked the Democratic congressman (rhetorically, it should go without saying) if a personal experience with violence was really necessary for Republicans to support stricter gun laws:
“But Congressman,” Bashir said, “is that what needs to happen to move these senators to stop threatening a filibuster? Is that really what needs to happen? That you need to have a member of your family killed in order for you to do what the American people want you to do?”
“I hope not,” Rep. Cummings replied. “I don’t wish this pain on anybody.”
Coulter’s blog comment, while offensive and violent, was clearly intended to be some kind of “joke,” but McCain isn’t laughing.
In a series of tweets, McCain said that Coulter’s suggestion that someone shoot her “isn’t funny or appropriate” and expressed anger that Fox News had published the blog to begin with. In a now-deleted tweet posted by New York magazine’s Adam Martin, McCain asked: “The column with the joke about me being killed currently on fox news nations website, appropriate fox?”
Apparently Ann Coulter made a joke about me being killed in a recent column. I should expect nothing less but disgusted regardless.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 11, 2013
My father is a very famous politician. My family gets a lot of threats. Joking about me being killed really isn't funny or appropriate.— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 11, 2013
Coulter’s blog post is still offline at the Fox News website.
Fox News and Coulter have not yet responded to requests for comment.
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.