Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
It was less than two weeks ago that the students, faculty and campus community at Vassar College came together to turn a visit from hate group Westboro Baptist into an unprecedented fundraising opportunity for LGBTQ rights. The week before that, people in Clatyon, Missouri drowned out a Westboro protest with chants of “Love conquers all.”
And yesterday, residents of Santa Monica came out — in droves — to counter yet another scheduled Westboro appearance. The hate group had protested outside the Oscars on Sunday, and chose Santa Monica high school as its next target because of the school’s pro-LGBTQ student policies — oh, and its proximity to their Oscar activities. (Gas prices being what they are, even bigots have to be practical about commuting!)
Students came out en mass to defend their school against Westboro’s hateful presence, joined by parents, faculty members and others from the community. Their numbers overwhelmed the hate group’s turnout, ultimately sending them packing.
In addition to the news that an entire town banded together to stand for love, the video also serves as a feel good afternoon bump.
Watch it here:
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.