Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
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Appearing on MSNBC’s “Hardball With Chris Matthews,” one of former president and right-wing deity Ronald Reagan’s sons lambasted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz for his decision to filibuster the recent vote on raising the debt ceiling and, consequently, force some of his fellow Republican senators to cast a necessary but politically toxic affirmative vote.
Asked by Matthews why some conservatives “want to kill their own people,” Ron Reagan (who is a liberal, despite his pedigree) agreed that Ted Cruz’s strategy was “the big question here.”
“What exactly was on Ted Cruz’s mind?” Reagan said. “What was he thinking of in terms of his Senate colleagues? They could have all voted against the debt limit increase, they could have all gone home to their constituents in Tennessee or Kentucky or wherever, and they could have said, ‘We didn’t vote for this thing!’ But no, Ted Cruz put his own people in this impossible, untenable situation. Many of them are facing primaries, many of them may face Tea Party people who are way over to their right, and he forced them to do this!”
Responding in part to Salon’s Joan Walsh’s assertion that the GOP was on the verge of falling into outright civil war, Reagan went on to say that Cruz “apparently thinks that somebody has got to rise out of the smoking ruins that is the Republican Party, and apparently he feels that somebody can be him.”
“He first has to create the smoking ruins, of course,” Reagan added, “and he’s doing a pretty good job of that.”
Watch Reagan, Walsh and Matthews try to figure out WTF Ted Cruz is thinking below, via MSNBC:
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.