Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
A day after Turkey took a giant leap toward repealing its head-scarf ban in universities, there comes news that if Spain’s conservative party comes to power in next month’s general election it plans to enact a similar ban across all public schools. From the rainbow’s array of anti-head-scarf rhetoric, the Popular Party has chosen the most, well, popular tack: the defense of women. “We feel that what makes sense is to establish in the framework of the law that use of symbols which might amount to discrimination or a demonstration of submission of women must be avoided,” said Juan Costa, the party’s coordinator.
In other words, the Popular Party’s solution to the discrimination experienced by some hijab-wearing Muslim women is to discriminate against all Muslim women by eliminating their choice to wear the hijab. But, really, the party seems more concerned with addressing the non-Muslim interpretation of the symbol of the hijab than with Muslim women’s individual experiences of it — like, for starters, whether wearing the hijab is voluntary or forced upon them. (Also, good luck trying to eliminate all potential symbols of discrimination against women.)
Interestingly enough, the party plans to allow certain schools with a largely Muslim student body to opt out of the ban. Which, again, raises an obvious question: Who are they really trying to protect?
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.