Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
There are some pretty serious questions out there about President Obama’s commitment to his campaign promise to end the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy when it comes to gays in their ranks.
Recently, the White House was caught changing the language on its Web site about repealing the policy. Now, a man who appears to be the first Arabic linguist to become a casualty of the policy under the Obama administration has been notified that he’s being discharged, and is fighting back. (The discharge of Arabic linguists has been a hot-button issue when it comes to DADT for some time now, considering the military’s shortage of personnel with that specialty and the obvious need.)
But ThinkProgress reports that the president has written to another officer who had written to him after she was discharged for violating the policy. In a handwritten note, Obama says, “It is because of outstanding Americans like you that I committed to changing our current policy. Although it will take some time to complete (partly because it needs Congressional action) I intend to fulfill my commitment!”
Some military law experts believe Obama doesn’t actually need Congress’ approval to effectively end the policy, even if it remains on the books. But more to the point, the administration hasn’t pushed Congress on the issue yet, and doesn’t appear to be in any rush to do so.
The discharged linguist, Lt. Dan Choi, spoke with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Thursday night. Video is below.
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.
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