Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Late winter-early spring in California is when we find the best artichokes, and seeing some today occasioned a wonderful recollection: When Cath and I were first dating we took little trips all over Northern California. (You know how it is). One such jaunt was to Monterey where we spent time at the famous aquarium, where I was especially entranced by the sardine tank. The little silver fish just raced round and round and round. I wanted to let them out. (I’ve never been fond of creatures in cages.)
Anyway, all that walking and all those fish made us thirsty so we made our way to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Restaurant, ordered cocktails and perused the bar menu. The grilled artichokes jumped off the page. These were beautiful — slightly crisp from the grill, lightly salty and served with a spicy dipping sauce that was mostly chipotle and garlic. They were heady, to say the least, and there was nothing left on that platter but two napkins.
We have made these several times at home. I don’t make a chipotle sauce but prefer a spicy lemon aioli.
Have plenty of napkins on hand and a cold drink. And don’t bother with any other food groups, these babies deserve your total attention.
Grilled Artichokes and Meyer Lemon Aioli
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.