Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Addressing an audience at an Iowa fundraiser on Sunday, Vice President Joe Biden called gay marriage “the issue of our day.”
“A lot of people criticized me for speaking out, not long ago, about gay marriage. I could not remain silent any longer,” he said. “It’s the civil rights of our day. It’s the issue of our day.”
As the Huffington Post notes, Biden was referring to a 2012 appearance on “Meet the Press” in which host David Gregory asked him if he was “comfortable” with gay marriage, to which Biden replied:
I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. And quite frankly, I don’t see much of a distinction — beyond that.
Biden is in Iowa right now for what the New York Times has speculated is the “unofficial kickoff of his third presidential campaign.”
But while the audience at Sen. Tom Harkin’s, D-Iowa, annual steak-fry fundraiser responded enthusiastically to Biden’s keynote address and his presence in their state, as the Times notes, there remains a “dissonance between Democrats’ professed fondness for Mr. Biden and their unwillingness to support his presidential hopes” in Iowa.
Basically, recently polling data suggests that Iowans have placed Biden squarely in the political friend zone:
If the party primary process is akin to a high school popularity contest — and it can be — Mr. Biden would be the guy the girls all found likable, outgoing and funny, but wanted only as a friend.
“I love Joe Biden!” Kathy Higgins, a Democrat from Ottumwa, exclaimed before he spoke. Then she immediately added: “But I’m for Hillary. She’s my candidate.”
Ms. Higgins, clad in a Barack Obama shirt from the 2008 campaign, represents a sizable demographic of Iowa Democrats: caucusgoers who backed Mr. Obama against Hillary Rodham Clinton in their showdown here but who now want to make history again by supporting Mrs. Clinton.
So it goes for Mr. Biden.
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.