Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
My book tour, which took me all over the U.S. and the U.K., turned into a raucous debate over the JFK assassination (low point: “Hardball”; high point: “Fresh Air”). But the publication of “Brothers” also became the occasion for a sort of cultural referendum on the Kennedy presidency. Was JFK a Cold Warrior — or a “warrior for peace,” as I argue in the book.
That’s the title that Time magazine puts on my lead essay in the current issue, which focuses on Kennedy’s legacy. I was surprised and honored that Time asked me to write the piece, instead of choosing a predictable presidential historian. (I was also asked to write a shorter piece on RFK’s suspicions about Dallas, as a counterpoint to the inevitable Vincent Bugliosi.) I’d like to think Time’s JFK package is part of a broader reevaluation of his beleaguered and heroic presidency.
Pick up a copy of the magazine — the photos and layout look better in print than online — and let me know what you think.
David Talbot, the founder of Salon, is the author of the New York Times bestseller “Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years.” He is now working on a book about the legendary CIA director Allen W. Dulles and the rise of the national security state.More David Talbot.
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.