Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Back on the breast beat! Protesting mothers staged “nurse-ins” at more than 30 airports across the country on Tuesday, in response to Delta-affiliated Freedom Airlines’ removal of Emily Gillette, 27, from a flight last month. Gillette was booted for refusing to cover her 1-year-old daughter with an airline blanket wihle breast-feeding her.
One of the larger lactating circles was at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, Delta’s hub in Atlanta, where about 30 women and children parked beside a bustling Delta ticket counter, the Los Angeles Times reports. “I strongly believe all babies have a right to breast milk,” one mother, who had driven an hour to join the women in Hartsfield, told the Times. “And I don’t think mothers should have to go to the bathroom and cover up.”
Indeed, the lactivists, as they call themselves, aren’t just about breast milk and honey — Gillette has filed a complaint with the Vermont Human Rights Commission, which oversees discrimination allegations, and she has not ruled out the possibility of further legal action. According to the Times, all but 12 states have laws allowing women to nurse their children in public. Gillette, who nursed at the Albuquerque, N.M., airport, said, “I think I’m the first one to get kicked off a plane. But I’m certainly not the first to be harassed.”
Since throwing Gillette off the plane, Delta has disciplined the offending flight attendant, and claims to “fully support a woman’s right to breast-feed her baby on board our aircraft.” So much to be thankful for this year.
Sarah Goldstein is an editorial fellow at Salon.More Sarah Goldstein.
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.