Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
My son came home from middle school yesterday talking about “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.” One friend already owned it, he said wistfully. Another had somehow managed to convince his parents to splurge on the deluxe edition, complete with $200 night goggles.
Today, I learn from the headlines that “Call of Duty” sold 4.7 million copies in its first day (Veteran’s Day in the U.S.) That’s the most copies of a game sold in in a single day ever, and the $400 million take, reports the Financial Times, rivals the opening weekend U.S. box office take of “The Dark Knight.” The newspaper industry and the music business might be having a difficult time surviving the combined effects of a down economy and the difficulties of finding business models that work on the Internet, but the gaming industry is powering ahead.
There’s no beating this business model, I guess.
The game’s appeal is simple and direct: Some people like to shoot things. Most of the time, we call them guys. The game brings death, destruction, loud sprays of gunfire, spreading pools of blood, a sophisticated musical score and really cool graphics into the homes of otherwise peace- loving people.
My son is skeptical as to whether the hyper-realism of “Call of Duty” will get parental approval. But maybe it’s my patriotic duty to support him in his consumer frenzy — blood, guts, and GDP growth.
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.