Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
This just in over the “News From the Government That, Narrowly Speaking, Could Be Worse” wire: The House Appropriations Committee has recommended no increase in funding for abstinence-only sex-ed programs. The programs were under discussion as part of the fiscal year 2007 House Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America, noting in a press release that “close to $1 billion” has been spent over the last decade on “ineffective and inaccurate” abstinence-only programs, welcomed the development — or, rather, lack thereof. Still, the failure to increase funding could be considered more an act of financial caution than of political protest. In a tightfisted atmosphere, many programs are subject to increased budgetary scrutiny; Planned Parenthood suggests that, at the very least, enough doubt has now been cast on abstinence-only programs that legislators are more challenged to justify throwing money their way.
“Planned Parenthood urges Congress to stay on track by refusing to waste money on programs that don’t work,” stated PPFA president Cecile Richards. “We must support education programs that will help American families — programs that include information about abstinence as well as contraception, healthy communication, responsible decision-making, and prevention of sexually transmitted infections.”
Then, of course, there’s the matter of allocating money to programs that do work. Hate to say it, but now let’s wait and see what gets cut.
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.