Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In one four-hour stretch, the nation’s political polarization was on stark display.
Just after 10 o’clock Tuesday morning, the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. To the ire of Democrats, Republicans in several Southern states moved to impose voter identification laws that had been delayed under the law.
Hours later, President Barack Obama announced a series of executive actions to combat climate change. Republicans cried foul.
Those moves on voting rights and climate change show how Republicans and Democrats tack toward their core constituencies. That generates a polarized dynamic that has largely deadlocked the government.
Analysts say the dysfunction can be blamed on the tendency of political parties that were once coalitions of different political types to sort themselves out by ideological lines.
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.