Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who is making the rounds on Sunday’s political talk shows, warned that the nation will default unless Congress raises its $16.7 trillion debt ceiling by Oct. 17.
“If the United States government, for the first time in its history, chooses not to pay its bills on time, we will be in default,” explained Lew on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “There is no option that prevents us from being in default if we don’t have enough cash to pay our bills.”
According to Lew, the government has about $30 billion in cash, which is not a “responsible amount of cash to run the government on.”
“I’m telling you that on the 17th, we run out of our ability to borrow, and Congress is playing with fire,” Lew said.
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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.