Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Anonymous has taken up the case of Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old Florida high school senior who was arrested and charged with a felony over a consensual same-sex relationship with a 14-year-old freshman classmate.
The hacker collective urged Assistant State Attorney Brian Workman to drop the charges and threatened to massive protests, according to a letter released by #OpJustice4Kaitlyn:
This letter is addressed to the Indian River County State Attorney’s Office:
You are currently pursuing 2 felony charges against an 18-year-old girl by the name of Kaitlyn Hunt… She was a student at Sebastian River High School before they expelled her…
While in the course of performing your duties we feel that you’ve lost perspective. Tsk, tsk. The truth is, Kaitlyn Hunt is a bright young girl who was involved in a consensual, same-sex relationship while both she and her partner were minors. She has a big future ahead of her and there are people, thousands of people in fact, that have no intention of allowing you to ruin it with your rotten selective enforcement…
We hope you’ll keep all of this in mind because the next petition [for resignation] we put 200,000 signatures on will have your name on it (maybe you Brian Workman), or your bosses name on it, and we will be calling for a resignation.
Hunt and her parents (and more than 400,000 others who have rallied behind the family through an online petition) believe Kaitlyn is being targeted because she is gay and that the felony charges are unjustified; her former girlfriend has told police that the relationship was consensual.
“This is killing us as a family, and I would just beg for them to look at that and look at the reality of it,” Kaitlyn’s mother, Kelley Hunt Smith, told The Todays Show on Thursday. “Listen to their own child, what she says. Just what’s the purpose of this?”
Prosecutors have offered Kaitlyn a plea deal that would allow her to avoid registering as a sex offender if she pleads guilty to charges of child sex abuse, but would still mandate two years of house arrest and a year of probation.
Friday is the final day to accept or reject the offer.
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.