Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Shhhhhh. If we just don’t talk about things that make us uncomfortable – like evolution or homosexuality – they’ll magically disappear! Because that’s worked so well for, I don’t know, all of civilization. But you keep rocking, Tennessee.
On Tuesday, the state moved closer to passing House Bill 229, better known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which will prohibit “teaching of alternative lifestyles.” The state already bans sex education for grades K-8, but that’s not enough for some. The bill’s Republican sponsor Rep. Joey Hensley explained this week that “I have two children — in the third and fourth-grade — and don’t want them to be exposed to things I don’t agree with … Even though the state board disallows this now, I’m afraid it does happen and sex education is talked about in a way that it is acceptable.”
Wow. Where to begin? First of all, just because you don’t agree with things doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be acknowledged. A moral education is one that exists within reality. Kids are taught all the time about things we don’t agree with. It’s called history.
Second, and more significantly, pretending gay people don’t exist won’t make them disappear. As Born This Way blog creator Paul V. told Salon Wednesday, “I grew up in a completely heterosexual society, and it didn’t take.”
I could go on all day about the lunatic idiocy of this kind of thing, but instead I’ll just let the wonderful, recently departed Adrienne Rich explain it. “Whatever is unnamed, undepicted in images, whatever is omitted from biography, censored in collections of letters, whatever is misnamed as something else, made difficult-to-come-by, whatever is buried in the memory by the collapse of meaning under an inadequate or lying language,” she said, “this will become, not merely unspoken, but unspeakable.” Sure, there are those who’d prefer that homosexuality remain unspeakable. But what a sad, hateful and, ultimately, utterly pointless excuse for “education.”
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.