Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Most of the time, movies treat books and the people who write them with all the deference due to any art form on the brink of respectable obsolescence. Writers have been portrayed as principled (“Julia”), free-spirited (“Henry and June”), ambivalent (“Capote”), daring (“My Brilliant Career”) and tormented (“Sylvia”) on-screen, but they’re usually accorded a fair amount of sympathy. Every so often, though, filmmakers tell us what they really think about those perverse souls who cling to the fusty old medium of print — namely that they’re pretentious, manipulative, insecure and overly fond of the sauce. And, you know what? They’ve got a point, one we’d like to see them make more often. A bad writer can be the best thing in a not-so-hot movie. Here are a few of our favorites.
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.