Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
A Colorado school board member for the Delta County school district argued during an October meeting that transgender students shouldn’t be able to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity unless they have been “castrated.”
“I would like to pass out something that shows people what is going on in the rest of the country,” Katherine Svenson said at the meeting. “Massachusetts and California have passed laws relating to calling a student, irrespective of his biological gender, letting him perform as the gender he thinks he is, or she is. I just want to emphasize: not in this district. Not until the plumbing’s changed. There would have to be castration in order to pass something like that around here.”
Svenson’s remarks, because they were ignorant and hateful, upset many members of the school community, but she stands by them, as she told a local news station.
“I don’t have a problem if some boys think they are girls,” she said. “I’m just saying as long as they can impregnate a woman, they’re not going to go in the girls’ locker-room.”
Thankfully, plenty of people in Colorado do not share Svenson’s dehumanizing views about transgender kids. Several school districts in Colorado have enacted policies to protect transgender students’ rights, and a recent decision from the state’s Civil Rights Division found that a 6-year-old transgender girl has a legally-protected right to use the restroom — just like all kids do.
You can watch the video of Svenson at the meeting 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.