Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Daniel Hernandez Jr., the former intern who provided lifesaving first aid to Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in 2011, has become the target of an anti-gay smear campaign seeking to remove him from a Tuscon-area school board.
After his time working with Giffords, Hernandez continued his public service as an elected board member of the Sunnyside Unified School District, but is now facing a recall effort being fueled by an anonymous, anti-gay campaign.
As Right Wing Watch notes, Hernandez is openly gay, and fliers being circulated to constituents attempt to use his sexuality against him, claiming that district families “need someone who will support sports and cares about our kids” and “we need a REAL man on the Sunnyside Board.”
“We don’t need someone who hates our values,” the flier continues.
Hernandez is aware of the fliers, telling the Huffington Post, “I’ve had a target on my back from my fellow board members for awhile because I don’t go with the flow, and if something doesn’t sound right or make sense, I call them out on it.
“My governing board president has started the recall process on me, with the people who are his friends and closest allies in the community. I’m not overly concerned they’re going to get the 1,300 signatures, but just the negative tone and nature of the way they’re doing it has been really bothersome and upsetting,” he added. “It’s disheartening that this is where we are in 2013, that people think it’s okay to put out these kinds of flyers about anybody.”
h/t Right Wing Watch
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.