Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It may be the holiday season, but that doesn’t mean the GOP’s civil war is stopping any time soon.
Appearing on CNN’s “The Situation Room” on Thursday, Republican Rep. Peter King — a vocal defender of the post-9/11 national security state — laid into fellow Republican Rand Paul for his recent criticism of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, whom Paul compared unfavorably to Edward Snowden.
“For Sen. Paul to compare that patriot, Gen. Clapper, with someone like Snowden, who is a traitor, who has put American lives at risk — Sen. Paul should be ashamed of himself,” King railed. ”It’s an absolute disgrace. He disgraced his office and he owes Gen. Clapper an apology immediately.”
Earlier in the week, Paul had said that Clapper’s testimony before Congress, during which the general lied about the NSA’s domestic spying activities, were “probably more injurious to our intelligent capabilities than anything Snowden did.” Paul reasoned that Clapper’s dishonesty shook confidence in the U.S. intelligence community’s forthrightness with the American people. “I’m not sure what to believe anymore when it comes to Congress,” Paul added, before recommending Clapper resign.
But King, who has quarreled with Rand Paul previously, was having none of it. “These are people who are apologizing for America,” King said of Paul. “To me, that is not the Republican tradition, that is not the tradition of Ronald Reagan. It’s the tradition of Charles Lindbergh and the radical left-wing Democrats of the 1960s.”
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.