Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) was born in Rockland, Maine. At her mother’s urging, she entered her poem “Renascence” into a contest and won fourth place, bringing her immediate acclaim and a scholarship to Vassar. She continued to write poetry in college and became involved in theater.
In 1917, Millay published her first book, “Renascence and Other Poems.” She published “A Few Figs From Thistles,” a volume of poetry that drew much attention for its controversial descriptions of female sexuality and feminism, in 1920. At the request of Vassar’s drama department, she wrote her first verse play, “The Lamp and the Bell,” in 1921. Her fourth volume of poetry, “The Harp Weaver,” was awarded the 1921 Pulitzer Prize.
The recordings featured here are taken from “Five American Women,” part of Random House Audio’s “Voice of the Poet” series. “Fatal Interview: Sonnet LI” was recorded on Jan. 8, 1933. The recording date of “Recuerdo” is unknown.
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.