Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Terrorists, assassins, superheroes, zombies, lizard-gnomes, filthy rich oil moguls and hapless marketing executives — the fall TV lineup has them all! Don’t let anyone give you the impression that you’re in for the same old game of cops and lawyers this year. Sure, there are tons of shoot’em-ups and legal dramas on the horizon, too, but if you cast aside new spins on the same old formulas (Lawyers … in Las Vegas! Detectives … who used to be neurosurgeons!), you’ll find a wealth of odd entertainments in store for you, from a mysterious prep school policed by hideous reptiles (Cartoon Network’s “Tower Prep”) to the real zombified housewives of Atlanta (“The Walking Dead”).
Will any of these comedies and dramas be worth watching over the long haul? We’ll put our money on the shows on this list with a grade A or better. The rest, we’ll leave to the fickle whims of fate, merciless network executives, fatigued TV writers and huddled masses of viewers yearning to watch “Glee.”
Heather Havrilesky is a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine, The Awl and Bookforum, and is the author of the memoir "Disaster Preparedness." You can also follow her on Twitter at @hhavrilesky.More Heather Havrilesky.
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!)
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.