Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Roaring engines. Squealing tires. Stick shifts that seemingly have 26 gears. Mangled bumpers. Shredded fenders. Shattered glass.
For some viewers, the start of a car chase signals an excuse to sneak off to the concession stand. For others, it represents filmmaking at its most deliriously pure. Action. Destruction. Precision driving. Sweaty people screaming as they slam on the brakes to avoid hitting OH MY GOD IT’S A BABY CARRIAGE, MOVE IT, LADY!!!
Since today is the release date of “Fast Five” — the fifth and surely not last entry in “The Fast and the Furious” series — we’ve tried to cull the approximately 275 zillion movie car chases down to just 10 all-time greats (with video): some intimate chases, some epic set pieces, and one representative movie from a genre that could be called “the feature-length chase.” It’s a representative list mixing classics and wild cars. But as I always like to say — and this time the quote even makes sense in context! — your mileage may vary. So list your own favorites in the Letters section.
Readers, start your engines.
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 Friday, Salon writer Matt Zoller Seitz sifts through beloved classics and obscure indies for a slide show that sheds light on the hidden connections and most fascinating moments in film and TV history.