Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In a jab at the recent flap over his birth certificate and whether or not he is eligible to run for president, Sen. Ted Cruz joked that he is “secretly a citizen of Ethiopia.”
While speaking at a TechNet gathering, the Houston Chronicle reports, Cruz had asked members of the media to leave the room so he could take questions from business executives attending the gathering. “I promise that while y’all are out I’ll try not to give any like really juicy piece of crazy news,” said Cruz. He added, “I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia.”
Cruz, who is rumored to be considering a run for president in 2016, this week renounced his ties to Canada after learning that he might have dual citizenship. “Nothing against Canada, but I’m an American by birth and as a U.S. senator, I believe I should be only an American,” he said.
Cruz was born in Alberta, but his mother was a U.S. citizen, so he automatically became an American citizen upon his birth as well. Cruz had initially released his birth certificate this week after some, like Donald Trump, questioned whether his place of birth disqualified him for the presidency.
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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.