Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Conservative Catholics have mounted a campaign against the University of Notre Dame’s decision to have President Obama give this year’s commencement speech, and they’ve managed to capture quite a bit of media attention in the process. But a new poll suggests that the movement is, as Joan Walsh wrote last month, largely limited to the right-wing, as most Catholics who’ve heard about the speech are fine with it.
The Pew Research Center found that, of those Catholics who say they’ve heard about the controversy, 54 percent approve of the school’s choice. 38 percent oppose it. Among those who hadn’t heard about it, only a plurality approved, but the margin was much wider — 45 percent in favor, 18 percent opposed.
Those numbers are actually eclipsed by data Joan had previously pointed to: 73 percent of Notre Dame students, including 97 percent of its seniors, support the invitation.
Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.More Alex Koppelman.
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.