Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
During his current primary challenge of Sen. John McCain, former Rep. J.D. Hayworth has been saying some outlandish things. First, he seemed to embrace Birtherism; now he’s trying to outdo former Sen. Rick Santorum.
“You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage — now get this — it defined marriage as simply, quote, ‘the establishment of intimacy,’” Hayworth said during a radio interview this past weekend.
“Now how dangerous is that? I mean, I don’t mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point — I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse. It’s just the wrong way to go, and the only way to protect the institution of marriage is with that federal marriage amendment that I support.”
It’s hard to pick out the most ridiculous thing about this, but if I had to do it, it would be this: The Massachusetts Supreme Court did not define marriage as “the establishment of intimacy.” (In fact, a search of the court’s decision didn’t turn up a single use of that phrase.) What it did, several times, was emphasize that marriage is a union of two willing partners — and since, legally, animals can’t give their consent, a union between a man and a horse could never fall under that definition.
Audio of Hayworth is below, with a hat-tip to Below the Beltway.
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.