Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The American electorate has yet to put a woman in the top political post. But the Episcopal Church made history Sunday by electing Katharine Jefferts Schori, 52, as the first woman in the world to lead a branch of the global Anglican Communion — nearly 30 years after the American church started ordaining women.
Though praised by many, the choice to elect Jefferts Schori, bishop of Nevada, has the potential to further strain the unity of the Episcopal Church, which has been in internal turmoil since it shocked the international Anglican Communion by consecrating the church’s first gay bishop three years ago. As a result of that decision, some American congregations left the Episcopal Church and branches overseas threatened to break away.
The Episcopalians will determine later this week if they should temporarily bar gays from leading dioceses. Ironically, Jefferts Schori will have to justify that decision to some of the same people who don’t think women should be ordained either. (The Church of England is consumed with the debate on a woman’s place in the church, and some conservative American dioceses, which don’t support female bishops, are talking schism.)
But Jefferts Schori has experience making a place for herself in a male world: She is a former oceanographer and a licensed pilot. “When I was growing up, girls didn’t aspire to such things. Girls sang in the choir,” she said told the Associated Press. But preaching, she said, “led me to realize it was something I wanted to do.”
Lead on, Jefferts Schori!
Sarah Elizabeth Richards is a journalist based in New York. She can be reached at email@example.com.More Sarah Elizabeth Richards.
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.