Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“Brick,” “Mysterious Skin” and the upcoming “The Lookout”), who sat down with Salon’s Andrew O’Hehir, maintains a very cool little Web site (hitrecord.org) that includes some journal entries, correspondence and a nice collection of video shorts, including our favorite below. Here, Gordon-Levitt turns the tables on some marauding photographers who cornered him and a friend (the “La Dolce Vita” moment is a classic). After describing the event on his site, he writes, “I do believe that the myth of ‘Celebrity’ is not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a powerful and fundamental part of a larger movement revolving around greed, apathy and hierarchy that is currently dragging us down, down, down, lower and scarier, and perhaps weaker than we’ve ever, ever been. Smile!b
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.