Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Like many of his generation, Bill Bryson backpacked across Europe in the early ’70s in search of enlightenment, beer and women. Over 20 years later, the acclaimed author of “Notes From a Small Island” and “A Walk in the Woods” decided to retrace the journey he undertook in the halcyon days of his youth, carrying with him a bag of maps, old clothes … and a stinging wit honed to razor sharpness by two decades of adult experience.
For his latest book, “In a Sunburned Country,” he has traveled all the way to Australia, a shockingly underdiscovered country with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife to be found on the planet.
“In a Sunburned Country” is his report on what he found there — a deliciously funny, fact-filled and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder and unflagging curiosity.
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.