Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I have a theory about “The Bachelor.” My theory is that, in any given season, the “bachelor” himself could be a turd — I mean a literal turd, a coil of poop in the middle of a Beverly Hills mansion — and the women on that show would still claw each other’s eyes out to get that goddamn final rose. Why didn’t the piece of poop pick me this week? I thought the piece of poop and I had a future together!
“Wow,” said a (male) friend when I told him this theory. “Is all reality television just misogynist?”
Well, no. I don’t think “Project Runway” is misogynist. I don’t think “American Idol” is misogynist (just boring). However, there is a strain of trash reality television — a stripe of shows with which I am painfully familiar — that thrives on the notion that women are, well, batshit crazy. “Rock of Love,” “Real Housewives of NYC,” “The Bad Girls Club.” I’m not proud, but I’ll admit I watch them.
This week, New York magazine asks the question many of us viewers have wondered: Are these women certifiable?
“Never in the history of television have we seen so many crazy women,” the article explains, going on to consult a psychiatrist and comparing the women’s behavior with the DSM-IV definition of “borderline personality.” It’s pretty unscientific, but crazy or not, we can suggest one quality that might describe them all — “bad judgment.”
Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.More Sarah Hepola.
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.