Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The recent article about Joe Montana’s “unethical” failure to support the NFL Player’s Union strike missed an important point:
When groups of millionaires use collective bargaining as a tool for securing even more astronomical salaries, it hurts the image of labor unions everywhere. I would not stand in the way of anyone’s prerogative to strike, but it is dangerous to blur the line between wealthy sports figures and the common men for whom unions are truly needed. If I had been an NFL player at the time of the strike, I may also have resisted the union, if only to acknowledge the incredible privilege fate had already gifted me.
– Michael Middleton
During the strike, Boomer Esiason, who had just signed a huge contract, joined the striking players and went so far as to lay down in front of the bus bringing the replacement players to a game. No wonder the other players played a little harder when Boomer was in the game.
– Fred Hoefle
It’s so ridiculous that we look at sports heroes as ethical or moral heroes, and then are disappointed in THEM for our own silly misplaced hero-worship.
I happen to feel that Montana’s decisions about the player’s strike were his to make, and that many good people on both sides of the strike let us down. But I don’t blame him anymore than I would blame any NFL player. Let’s celebrate Montana’s REAL gifts: talent galore and a small-town background that gave him the drive to succeed. Let’s leave the other stuff out of the discussion.
And anyone who thinks Joe Montana (or any worker, for that matter) owes blind allegiance to a union is sadly mistaken.
– John Beatty
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.