Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Historian and activist Howard Zinn died a little over a year ago, and his voice is sorely missed. It’s tempting to wonder what he would have to say about the recent uprisings and movements in North Africa and the Middle East (and the U.S., for that matter). His philosophy in a nutshell: “Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” While specific facts can be disputed from his famous work, “A People’s History of America,” Zinn did a great thing by shifting our perspective from that of the prestigious few to the experience of the anonymous majority. It was a grass-roots story of America (and the world) that identified groups of people who banded together time and time again when there was no other recourse and agitated for change.
When we travel far from home, it can be hard to make contact with a historical reality that is deeper than royal china collections, presidential knickknacks, nationalistic propaganda and kitschy reenactments. Museums are filled with the beautiful and seductive detritus of power. The stories of these “fugitive movements of compassion” (as Zinn called them) of ordinary folks who toiled in the shadow of the elite are less glamorous, but much more interesting and harder to tell. No presidents slept in any of the places in this slide show; these are stages where the people are the protagonists — protesting, rioting, demanding, creating, organizing and changing the world.
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.
Every Sunday, Salon presents a feature from Trazzler spotlighting surprising travel stories from across the globe. Unexpected discoveries and strange, wonderful treasures are condensed into slide shows that entertain as much as they educate.