Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court and one of its most outspoken members, has generated a considerable amount of controversy with past remarks on Roe v. Wade.
Earlier this year, Ginsburg received a lot of pushback from legal scholars and reproductive rights advocates for a series of statements she made arguing that the Roe decision “went too far, too fast.” Ginsburg argued that, rather than stopping at striking down the Texas law criminalizing virtually all abortions, the court “short-circuited” the political process and got “far ahead of public opinion” by establishing a constitutional right to an abortion.
Ginsburg said that the decision “had given opponents of access to abortion a target to aim at relentlessly” and “seemed to have stopped the momentum that was on the side of change.”
In a Monday interview with John Hockenberry on “The Takeaway,” Ginsburg once again shared her view of the decision, this time arguing that the ruling may have been explained differently had Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to serve on the high court, been on the bench at the time:
As the second woman to sit on the Supreme Court, Justice Ginsburg says that some the previously all-male Court may have written or decided cases differently with a woman on the bench. As for Roe v. Wade, Ginsburg notes Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s decision in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and says, “The Casey decision had a very different tone. It centered on the woman, not on the doctor-patient relationship, and it isn’t divided into trimesters. So I think looking back from that decision we can say yes, if Justice O’Connor had been on [the 1973] Court maybe she would have influenced the way the decision was explained.”
You can listen to the full exchange here:
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.