Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is trying to refocus the public on the economy, arguing in a new series of economic speeches that building the middle class will boost the nation’s bottom line.
The first of those speeches comes Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill. That’s where Obama gave his first major speech as a freshman U.S. senator during booming economic times in 2005.
The White House says the speech will be similar to the one he gave eight years ago.
Back then, Obama talked about how technology and globalization had upended the idea that hard work would help a person get ahead. He is expected to argue Wednesday that those underlying trends still exist.
Obama also speaks later in the day at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
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.