Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Tourists who travel to Britain’s Salisbury Cathedral this month can see the album art for the rapper’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” which debuted next to the 13th-century document that inspired it.
The famous lines “To no one will we sell, to no one will we deny or delay, right or justice,” reportedly inspired Jay-Z’s album.
“Jay Z is creating a huge awareness of this historic document and its modern significance to a huge audience … We hope to welcome many of his fans here this summer to see the artwork,” June Osborne, the dean of Salisbury, told the Salisbury Journal.
The American rap sensation rolled up to the cathedral in Wiltshire on Sunday in an Aston Martin to see one of the four existing copies of the 1215 Magna Carta.
The lines that inspired Jay-Z are part of the Magna Carta’s historic clause 39-40, which changed statecraft forever.
“They redefined the relationship between nations and their rulers,” Dean Philip Buckler of Lincoln Cathedral, home to another copy of the document, told the Financial Times. “The Magna Carta said: no one is unanswerable.”
“Jay-Z is a global icon. He comes out of a world that is very poor and very unfair. He speaks in particular to the young disempowered. He is part of the urban narrative who can spread the message about how the powerful of the world have to answer for the neglect and challenges of the poor,” Osborne, the dean of Salisbury, said.
Jay-Z’s album has already topped the charts in the UK, and the album art (seen below) will remain on display until the end of the month.
The four copies of the Magna Carta are to be re-united as part of the gala 800-year-anniversary event at London’s British Library next year, according to the Salisbury Journal.
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.
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