Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Last night, twelve year-old Matthew Lannon delivered an impassioned testimony before Rhode Island’s Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of marriage equality. The sixth-grader from Providence, who has two moms and two dads, ended his statement by saying that “if there’s one thing you don’t mess with in life, it’s love”:
My parents and all the other gay and lesbian people here want to be happy, just like you. All they want is to be treated fairly. But unlike most of you, they have to come again here year after year and explain over and over why their love is equal to yours. This year, you have the opportunity to change that. I say, choose love.
Lannon’s mother Maryellen Butke says the 12 year old wrote his speech the night before the 12-hour hearing, which lasted until 5 a.m. Friday:
We were talking it at dinner the night before and I said I was gonna testify and Matthew said, “I wanna testify.” I said, “OK, honey, but you have to prepare testimony, you have to plan it,” and he was like, “I wanna testify.”…So he worked on his testimony, practiced it in school the next day, and then he came and knocked it out.
Rhode Island is currently the only state in New England not to allow same-sex marriage, though it does provide civil unions for same-sex couples. The marriage equality bill discussed at the panel last night is sponsored by Lannon’s aunt, State Sen. Donna M. Nesselbush.
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.