Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
In yet another episode of What Not to Wear for Muslim Women, Egypt’s state-run schools have banned the niqab in all-girl classrooms. As is always the case with sartorial edicts regarding women showing too much or too little skin, it’s sparked quite the furor.
It all began last month when Sheikh Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, head of Al Azhar University, visited a secondary school and ordered a female student to take off her full face veil. The niqab, he said, “is a tradition, it has no connection with religion.” Later, to drive home his point, he issued a fatwa against the niqab. Now, conservatives are speaking out against what they call a violation of their religious freedom. Rokaya Mohamed, a teacher at a state-run elementary school, wears the full face veil and told Reuters she would “rather die than take it off.” She added: “I know what makes God and his prophet love me, and no sheikh is going to convince me otherwise.”
She, and others like her, are especially uninterested in following the guidance of a state-supported cleric like Tantawi, who is part and parcel to the government’s attempt to fight the growing influence of Islamism, particularly from Gulf states. The majority of Egyptian women choose to cover their hair, according to Reuters, but more and more women are opting for the severe niqab. As they do, more and more attempts are made to stamp out the practice. And so it goes – round and round, where it stops nobody knows.
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.