Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers are beginning work on a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that would give states more authority and Washington less.
Members of the House Education and the Workforce Committee on Wednesday considered a replacement to the law that expired in 2007. From the start, the Republican-led panel focused on reducing Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s authority.
Duncan has given 37 states and the District of Columbia permission to ignore parts of No Child Left Behind in exchange for detailed school improvement plans. But on Tuesday, Duncan told states they could ask for permission to delay implementing parts of those plans for another year.
Education panel chairman John Kline, a Minnesota Republican, says Congress needs to rein in Duncan’s power.
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.