Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Senate Ethics Committee continues to investigate New Jersey Democrat Robert Menendez, the questions arising from his relationship with a top campaign contributor are much like those asked in past congressional probes.
From the so-called Keating Five to more recent investigations, members of Congress have run into trouble when they cross the sometimes blurry line between helping a supporter and engaging in a quid pro quo.
Richard Painter was an ethics lawyer under President George W. Bush and is now a law professor at the University of Minnesota. He says that most senators help supporters and, in his words, “rarely get nailed for it.”
Painter says that Menendez has come under scrutiny because he didn’t dot the i’s and cross the t’s.
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.