Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I wish more actors could be like George Takei: he has a sense of humor about his success stemming almost entirely from a character he played on “Star Trek” 50 years ago, but he also uses his fanboy fame as a platform for issues like gay rights and community activism in Japan. But then he also does stuff like Howard Stern’s radio show? That’s ballsy. I mean, before we give Neil Patrick Harris too much credit for rebranding himself after teen stardom, let’s remember that Takei did it first and never stopped.
But the one thing NPH had over Takei was social-media savvy: Neil was Internet famous, an early celebrity Twitter adopter and star of the world’s first Sing-Along Blog, which made his comeback alluring even to those who had never watched “Doogie Howser.” Meanwhile, Takei took the more traditional route of those fringe actors who stay around the edges of our celebrity awareness. And though both Takei and NPH have taken roles where they play a twisted version of themselves-as-celebrities (Harris in the “Harold and Kumar” films, Takei in the short-lived Starz show “Party Down”), the generational gap between the two afforded Neil an organic web presence that eluded the older actor.
Not anymore! With a new Broadway show on the way, George Takei is suddenly very much back in the cultural conversation, as evidenced by this new YouTube video he’s made about “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”
Then there is his Twitter account, which he started in January and is incredible. There is also a George Takei ringtone of the actor saying “Oh my.”
I don’t know who is doing George Takei’s social media PR right now, but I bet you Wil Wheaton is desperately trying to hire those guys for himself.
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.