Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Salon.com Reader’s Guide describes Will Self’s writing as “caustic, irreverent and satirical examinations of modern life, filled with characters whose grotesque obsessions and macabre activities make them symbols for a London society that’s rotting from the inside out.”
Born and raised in North London, Self is the author of numerous books including “The Quantity Theory of Insanity,” “Sweet Smell of Psychosis,” “Great Apes,” “Tough, Tough Toys for Tough, Tough Boys” and “My Idea of Fun.”
His third novel, “How the Dead Live,” brings us Lily Bloom, an aging, cantankerous American divorcée living with — and dying from — breast cancer in England. Her daughters are two miserable wenches, and the nurses keep her in a drugged state of reverie. In fact, much of the book follows Lily on a morphine-induced trip throughout the stages of her life. When she dies, Self takes us to the world of the dead, where the stubborn Lily must confront the demons of her lifetime and her new nonexistence.
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.