Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said on Wednesday that he wasn’t “aware of exactly which one you’re talking about” when a reporter asked him about his position on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, but his attempt to dodge the question was probably more revealing than a simple yes or no answer.
After it was explained to him that the measure would prohibit discrimination in hiring and employment practices based on sexual orientation and gender identity, Gohmert told a reporter from ThinkProgress: “Who wants to go talking about sexual orientation when they’re working? Good grief.”
“Talking about sexual orientation” at work can be just that — openly discussing one’s life and family — and it shouldn’t be cause to reject a qualified candidate or fire an employee, which is why a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are pushing to pass ENDA in the first place.
But as a growing body of research shows, “talking” about sexual orientation on the job isn’t the only reason LGBT people are denied work, fired or otherwise harassed by employers. A report from the Williams Institute finds that 40 percent of gays and lesbians report experiencing some form of discrimination on the job, and a shocking 90 percent of transgender people have reported the same.
And studies have also shown that concealing one’s identity at work can be a major mental health risk with dangerous consequences for LGBT individuals.
But it’s possible Gohmert doesn’t know that ENDA would help prevent this, since he’s not “aware of exactly” what the measure is about in the first place.
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.