Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Do you want a boy or a girl? It’s a seemingly harmless question for any would-be parent, a playful way to talk about the future. But it becomes a problem when certain preferences lead to sex-selection techniques like abortion.
Today’s NY Times reports small deviations in population amongst Americans of Chinese, Korean or Indian descent and suggests that the desire for boys, traditional in those cultures, is continuing amongst some families that settle in the U.S. Sex selection is illegal in India, and for years China too has tried to deal with the problem. But researchers are alarmed that the phenomenon has surfaced in America. The Times quotes Professor Lena Edlund of Columbia University: “That this is going on in the United States — people were blown away by this.”
Family matters are private, of course. What’s not private, though, and what is certainly troubling, is how American fertility clinics exploit the situation, “unabashedly advertis[ing] … services in Indian- and Chinese-language newspapers in the United States.” That may not be illegal. But it is unethical.
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.