Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Today, we are reminded that behind every “Sexiest Man” there is a sexy woman. The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson’s news site, has put together a slideshow of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men” of past and present alongside the women they have dated, married and/or impregnated. There is this year’s winner, Ryan Reynolds (a.k.a. tomorrow’s Mel Gibson), with GQ “Babe of the Year” Scarlett Johansson. There are the obligatory love triangles: Jude Law, Sienna Miller and The Nanny; Ben Affleck, JLo and Jennifer Garner; and Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston. And, yawn.
The slideshow is headlined, “The women who snagged the ‘Sexiest Men Alive,’” but it’s certainly also a celebration of the women as trophies — except for the ones that aren’t shiny enough. The caller concludes that Hugh Jackman’s wife Deborah Lee Furness, who is a decade older than him, isn’t “all that” and sniffs, “[C]halk it up to being Australian. No knowing what those Aussies like.” I guess they haven’t gotten the memo down under that men are supposed to date women at least ten years their junior.
All in all, it’s a rather amusing spectacle of sexual selection. It’s like a picture book version of Darwin’s “The Descent of Man.” I’m left trying to picture what a slideshow of the lovers behind Salon’s “Men on Top” would look like: Jersey Shore revelers, gay porn stars and Katy Perry. Now that sounds like a party.
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.