Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
First, Russian officials promised that they weren’t going to enforce their heinous ban on “gay propaganda” during the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Then, they changed their minds and said that, actually, they would absolutely be prosecuting athletes and visitors if they got a little too crazy with the “propagandizing.”
On Friday, the International Olympic Committee asked what it is, exactly, that the exceedingly broad Russian law intends to target as “propaganda.” (Good question! Probably a lot of things, like this and this.)
To get to the bottom of Russia’s homophobic mystery wrapped in an anti-gay enigma, IOC President Jacques Rogge asked for a definitive English translation of the law. “We have received all reassurances emanating from Mr. Dmitry Kozak, who is in charge of the organization of the Games in Sochi. We asked for written confirmation of these reassurances,” said Rogge.
“We received them yesterday, we have studied it this morning but there are still uncertainties and we have decided to ask for more clarification as of today. So we are waiting for this clarification before having final judgement on these reassurances.”
Rogge says the clarification of the law is important because the Olympic charter is very clear about its inclusion of LGBT athletes: “It says sport is a human right and should be available to all regardless of race, sex or sexual orientation,” he said.
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.