Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The GOP grass roots may love Utah Sen. Mike Lee for his role in the recent government shutdown, but back at home, his party’s establishment has taken a considerably less rosy view.
According to the Washington Post, Lee, who first shot to prominence by toppling the comparatively moderate Bob Bennett, is being criticized by many members of the Utah GOP’s establishment for what they see as his overly ideological style. While Utah has long been one of the most Republican states in the country, it’s also been the home of a pragmatic, business-minded Republicanism that stands in sharp contrast to Lee’s more unapologetically doctrinaire form of conservatism.
“I think people admire him for sticking to his guns and principles, but I think there are growing frustrations,” said one bank manager who had previously raised money for Lee. “If things are to happen, you can’t just stick to your principles. You have to make things work … You’ve got to be practical.”
One former national finance chairman for Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign was even more pointed in his criticism, telling the Washington Post that Lee was a “show horse” who cares more about being “a spectacle” than governing. “Business leaders that I talk to, many of whom supported him, would never support his reelection and in fact will work against him, myself included,” the former finance chairman said.
And Lee’s growing unpopularity goes beyond mere anecdotes, with public opinion polling showing a clear drop in the freshman senator’s favorability rating. According to a Brigham Young University poll taken during the shutdown, a full 57 percent of respondents wanted Lee to compromise more, while only 40 percent of respondents said they approved of Lee’s performance as senator.
Despite these warning signs, however, the Post finds Lee to be unconcerned. “This fight was worth fighting,” Lee told the Post. “The country wasn’t built by fighting only those battles where victory was certain.”
“The only number I worry about is how many people are being hurt by Obamacare,” he said.
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.