These real news photos show the 2012 candidates on the campaign trail, but also hurtling through the harsh, darkened environment of our solar system.

Michele Bachmann in Space

Michele Bachmann (R-MN) the moment she realizes she is not at a stump speech in Iowa, but rather standing on a lunar ridge, speaking to no one at all. 

Rick Perry in Space

Texas Governor Rick Perry, watching the sunrise on asteroid 532 Herculina, contemplating his plan for job creation and wondering how he ended up circling the sun between Jupiter and Mars. 

Newt Gingrich in Space

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, explaining his plan for a “Contract with The Crab Nebula”.

Herman Cain in Space

“I don’t want to be here!  I do not want this!  Get me back to earth!” yelled a fiery Herman Cain, though no words were actually spoken due to the lack of a medium through which to vibrate.  

Space Mitt Romney

Though he remembered to bring a podium and flags, Governor Mitt Romney did not bring a space suit to protect him from the low pressures and freezing temperatures of Proteus, Neptune’s ice moon. 

Ron Paul in Space

Representative Ron Paul showed no remorse for bringing a handful of supporters to his space lair, luring them in with promises of a libertarian paradise free from big government, high taxes and a burdensome atmosphere. 

Presidents in Space

Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, just chillin in space.