Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Arizona officials hoping to reinstate a ban on abortion at 20 weeks; the law was ruled unconstitutional “under a long line of invariant Supreme Court precedents” by a lower court in 2013.
The Arizona law criminalized most abortions at 20 weeks after the woman’s last menstrual period — 18 weeks after fertilization, earlier than any other state to advance so-called fetal pain laws — based on the scientifically refuted claim that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Similar laws are currently being litigated in Georgia and Idaho, but remain in effect in nine other states. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar ban in 2013, but it has not advanced in the Senate.
As Jessica Mason Pieklo at RH Reality Check notes, the group behind the law — Americans United for Life – designed the legislation as a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade. Had the high court taken up the case, it would have reopened the question of fetal viability as defined by Roe.
With the court deciding not to hear the case, the current precedent remains in place.
But this is far from the end of the matter, as Elizabeth Nash, the state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, told the New York Times.
“This is not a Supreme Court that is friendly toward abortion rights, and they have made it clear that they will look at and perhaps uphold at least some of these restrictions,” she said. The court’s refusal to hear the Arizona case is “by no means the end of the abortion debate in this court.”
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.