Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Anyone else watching “Rollergirls”? It’s a reality show on A&E about the thriving roller derby scene in Austin. I’m kind of into it, and not just because I play another gals-on-skates sport. Here’s why:
1. It’s nice to see women compete over something other than bachelors. (And yes, underneath its jock-burlesque trappings, roller derby — while we won’t see it in Turin — actually is a sport.)
2. These girls are HOT. (Brandi Chastain’s bra moment: how quaint it seems now!) But they’re naturally, if punkily, so. And the camera doesn’t leer.
3. I would totally hang out with these people. Unlike these people.
4. The show is not trying to prove anything About Women. It’s not trying to say “See? When women play sports, it’s really about friendship!” (One team is resolutely nonbonding.) Or “See? Women can be both tough and feminine!” Or “See? When you get women together, they fight!” It just shows these gals — all different, none turned into a type — doing their thing.
5. So two of them are on this radio show, and the bonehead host goes, “I bet if I kept talking to you I could convince you to make out with me.” And Punky Bruiser goes, “I bet if you kept talking to me you could convince me to kick your ass.”
6. There’s no fake “girl power” grandstanding. But! One player says: “That is what roller derby gives you: the knowledge that you are in fact a superhero, and you don’t have to wear a cape. But you do get to wear the tights.”
If you’ve missed “Rollergirls” so far, it’s on A&E just about every 10 minutes.
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.