Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In a bizarre rant tying the government’s surveillance of Americans with the requests for documents related to Benghazi and the IRS, Glenn Beck drew comparisons between “the security state” and rape.
As Kyle Mantyla from Right Wing Watch explains, Beck apparently believes there is an “all-encompassing government surveillance apparatus in operation that records literally every email, phone conversation, and electronic communication and stores them all in a massive database in Utah,” which he discussed for the bulk of his Wednesday show.
“America, it is time we turned the security state against itself,” Beck said. ”Why ask for it? Just go into the system that we paid for and you built for our quote ‘protection.’ You want to find it? Why are you waiting? The more you wait, the more time they have to delete. Go in and get it. You have it. Or is that security system you’ve built for our protection not really for our protection? The American people have just been raped; why are you asking the rapist to hurry up with the swab test?”
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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.