Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The music video for Ciara’s new song, “Ride,” just premiered, and it’s official: I love her. I was nearly there after seeing her “Like a Boy” video, in which she fantasizes about having the sexual power and swagger of a man, but this seals the deal.
I realize this video features a blatantly sexual display that is sure to make many of my respected elders cringe. (Sorry, ma.) So, let me put my praise in context: I grew up watching male rappers aggressively thrusting, humping and smacking women’s asses, and video girls enthusiastically shaking said slapped behinds and suggestively snaking their bodies in slow-mo. Ciara is refreshingly different.
Yes, she may don a barely there bathing suit and ride a mechanical bull in the “Ride” video, but — but! — she’s also aggressively sexual in a way we don’t often see with pop music’s princesses. She humps and smacks the floor; she thrusts her crotch at the camera like a dude and then smoothly transitions into feminine hip-rocking. This isn’t the strictly passive prostration you usually see — I mean, her dance-humping is so forceful she’s wearing knee pads. Add her baseball cap, sneakers and cocky lyrics (“they love the way I ride it,” “baby say my name”), and I’m sold.
But you don’t have to be a gender theory geek to enjoy the video. Here’s another reason to watch: This girl can dance.
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.