Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
After years of political delays, the Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved over-the-counter sale of Plan B One-Step emergency contraception to women and girls without age or point-of-sale restrictions.
In a statement announcing the change, the FDA said it was complying with an order from U.S. District Court Judge Edward Korman, who had previously slammed the Obama administration’s obstructionism over access to emergency contraception as “politically motivated, scientifically unjustified, and contrary to agency precedent.”
Before Plan B can be sold in accordance with the new rules, the packaging on the product must first be updated, a process that could take weeks or months, as the Los Angeles Times notes.
But despite the expected delays, reproductive health advocates applauded the Thursday announcement: ”It’s about time,” Chris Iseli, a spokesman for the Center for Reproductive Rights, told the Times. “It’s taken too long to bring emergency contraception out from behind the pharmacy counter.”
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.