Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
American master of terror Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston in 1809 to professional actors who died when Poe was a child. He attended the University of Virginia, where he was a distinguished student and developed his lifelong taste for liquor. Afterward, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and rose to the rank of sergeant major. He was expelled from West Point after a year, blighting his hopes of becoming a career officer.
Poe started publishing his poetry and stories in the early 1830s and pursued a career in journalism to ensure some sort of financial security. In 1843, he published several works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Gold Bug,” which won a $100 prize in a contest sponsored by the Philadelphia Dollar Newspaper. The story made Poe famous with the fiction-reading public. His poem “The Raven,” which appeared in the New York Evening Mirror in January 1845, was a critical and commercial success. “The Fall of the House Of Usher” (1839) and “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841) are arguably two of his best short stories. But both Poe’s and his wife Virginia’s poor health kept the pair in financial and emotional distress. Poe died in 1849.
Along with “To Helen” and “Annabel Lee,” “The Raven” is considered one of Poe’s finest poems. Read by Basil Rathbone, one of Hollywood’s greatest screen actors, this recording of “The Raven” from Harper Audio’s The Edgar Allen Poe Collection describes the “stately” black bird that hauntingly repeats to his poet’s desperate questions: “Nevermore.”
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.