Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The Independent picks up a funny story today by Adrienne So, which originally ran on Slate, touting newfangled bra technology and investigating the possibility of a jogging bra that could power her iPod. (It could happen!) What really grabbed my attention, however, was a sidebar about upcoming clothing inventions. Ladies and gentlemen, set your clocks and toss your fabric softener because the future is coming and it will not require 5-for-1 boy short sales at Victoria’s Secret:
Scientists working for the US military have used self-cleaning fabrics to create T-shirts and underwear that can be worn for weeks without washing. The garments, which use nanoparticles and chemicals to repel water, oil and bacteria, cost 14 [million pounds] to develop and have been licensed to Alexium Group in London for civilian use. Available soon.”
So it’s like a self-cleaning oven, but you wear it on your privates. Sounds creepy — and convenient! As someone who can’t stand the laundromat, I’m so torn! Self-cleaning underwear: Awesome or awful?
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.