Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Former U.N. ambassador and staunch neocon John Bolton is very seriously considering a run for president in 2016, according to the National Review, which reports that he is even about to start staffing up for a campaign.
From Robert Costa at NRO:
Over the past few months, Bolton confides, he has called veteran Republican strategists and friends from the Bush years, informally pitching them on what he envisions as a policy-driven, hawkish campaign. Most of the people on the other side of the line are surprised, even shocked, to hear that Bolton, a no-nonsense, private man, is serious. Bolton, though, presses on, and urges them to e-mail him tidbits of advice or early-state contact information. “I’ve enjoyed the process,” he says. “It’s taken some time to put together, since I’m paying close attention to the business details of how to run a PAC, like why it costs so much to do direct mail. At times, I feel like I’m back at Covington & Burling doing campaign-finance law.”
Bolton, currently a scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, told NRO that he decided to consider running after watching the Republican candidates in 2012. “After that, I sat back and thought that if I had the chance, I had to do something more for my party and my country than idly watching.” He added: “That means forming a political-action committee and a super PAC, hitting the road and speaking out, and looking into my own campaign, and I’m doing all of that.”
Bolton, who also teased a 2012 presidential bid (though wound up serving as an adviser to Mitt Romney instead), recently claimed that Hillary Clinton faked a concussion to get out of testifying at a hearing on the Benghazi attacks, and has called it “unpresidential” for President Obama to take credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
But Daily Intel answers what is perhaps the most important question about all of this: Would Bolton keep his mustache if he ran? ”I’m sure he will keep it,” Christine Samuelian, Bolton’s assistant at AEI, told Dan Amira.
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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.