Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Are you kidding me? That was what all the controversy was about? A poorly-written 30-second spot set to upbeat elevator music? I missed the Puppy Bowl for that?
Focus on the Family’s highly anticipated and controversial Super Bowl ad was sure shocking — but not for any of the expected reasons. Pam Tebow didn’t tell the harrowing story of how she risked her life by refusing a medically-advised abortion while pregnant with her future Heisman Trophy-winner. Instead, she talked about her “miracle baby” without mentioning the particulars of his birth. She painted just the broad strokes of a heartwarming family tale:
He almost didn’t make it into the world. I can remember so many times where I almost lost him. It was so hard. Well, he’s all grown up now and I still worry about his health. You know, with all our family’s been through, we have to be tough.
Cue: Her son, Tim Tebow, who comes barreling across the screen and tackles his mother to the ground. I guess that was meant as a punch line? Then Mrs. Tebow says in an “aw shucks” manner: “Timmy! I’m trying to tell our story here.” The spot ends with the message: ”For the full Tebow story go to FocusOnTheFamily.com. Celebrate family. Celebrate life.” That last bit is as close as the ad gets to propaganda. (Another version of the ad follows a similar script, only poor mom isn’t body slammed.)
Of course, anti-abortion rhetoric abounds on the group’s Web site. There’s a featured in-depth interview with both of “Timmy’s” parents about the circumstances surrounding his birth, and his father talks of “weeping over the loss of millions of babies in America that were never given a chance.” But, despite all the debate over whether “issue ads” belong in the Super Bowl, and how they might change the experience of watching the game, the biggest night in sports ended up mostly being about sports.
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.