Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Russian lawmakers are currently considering a proposal to offer free “ex-gay” therapy to gay Russians to enable them to “return to normal life and become heterosexuals, as are 95 to 99 percent of our citizens,” according to Mikhail Degtyarev, the conservative politician behind the measure.
According to Russian Today, Degtyarev is also developing a proposal to reintroduce a ban on gay blood and organ donors (a similar ban is in effect in the United States, though it has been denounced by the American Medical Association and other public health groups).
“We will suggest amendments to the law on donors that reintroduce homosexuality to the list of contraindications for blood donations in Health Ministry instructions,” Degtyarev announced. Degtyarev went on to tell reporters that these proposals should not be considered discriminatory, and that he supports the basic rights of LGBT Russians, as long as public discussions of gay rights and gay pride demonstrations are only held “at night, with flashlights and without amplifiers.”
Nope, not discriminatory at all!
Bonus fact about the intrepid politician: Last month, Degtyarev introduced a measure to give women two days off during the “critical days” of their menstrual periods each month. “In this period, the majority of women experience psychological and physical discomfort,” he said in a statement. “Often the pain for the fair sex is so intense that they are forced to call an ambulance.”
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.