Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Facebook’s policy requiring all members to use their legal names on accounts is meant to foster a safer and more accountable environment. But Chinese blogger Michael Anti says that the tech giant’s rigid implementation of the policy is unfair — that, in particular, it ignores cultural norms specific to Chinese writers, who use English names in their professional lives.
Michael Anti — who writes under an English nom de plume that differes from his birth name, Zhao Jing — discovered recently that his Facebook account had been deleted for violating the “real name” policy. Anti has used the alias for several years, both in writing and in his communications with Westerners, and is widely recognized by the name. He even sent Facebook a copy of a certificate from a Harvard fellowship he completed as proof of his name’s validity, but was rebuffed yet again.
It’s insulting. They think my academic and journalistic work is less real than Zuckerberg’s dog? I have lost more than a thousand contacts overseas … It is part of my life.
By now, Michael Anti must be accostomed to fighting bans. In 2005, Microsoft deleted Anti’s blog, folding against pressure from the Chinese government.
Peter Finocchiaro is a senior editor at Salon. Follow him on Twitter @PLFino.More Peter Finocchiaro.
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.