Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
This weekend brought news for Muslim women in France: They are allowed to go out in public without a full veil. You might wonder how exactly this is news, seeing as the country’s recent push for a burqa ban is all about forcing women to go unveiled in public — but the pronouncement didn’t come from the French government but rather an influential Saudi cleric.
Sheikh Ayedh al-Garni spoke out against the proposed ban, calling it “illogical and unreasonable,” but conceded: “In case a ban is enforced against a Muslim woman there — and as a consequence there is a reaction or negative implications or harassment or harm — it is better for the Muslim woman to reveal her face.” It isn’t the most generous fatwa, considering that if the French law passes, they won’t have much of a choice, regardless.
As the Associated Press reports, others were quick to chime in with a few crucial caveats: Mohammed al-Nujemi, a professor at the Institute of Judicial and Islamic Studies, told a Saudi TV station, “The Saudi woman should not go on tourism to non-Muslim countries. Going to a non-Muslim country without a necessity is not permissible according to the sharia.” But, if you somehow find yourself stuck in a non-Muslim country that bans the burqa, well, then it’s all good.
What I love about this — and when I say “love,” I mean “hate” — is that both sides are rigidly policing how much skin women can show. It’s a game of political tug-of-war and women are at the center.
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.