Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I always find it weird when people complain about movies cashing in on our childhood nostalgia. Were Saturday morning cartoons so sacred that a crappy summer movie will forever taint our image of “Alvin and the Chipmunks”? Garfield and Marmaduke may have made terrible CGI stars, but it’s not like I was so smitten with their comics anyway. (We get it, cat, you like lasagna.)
When “Transformers” arrived in theaters in 2007, there was an audible sigh of relief that the movie, while geared to Michael Bay’s explosion-fetishist fans, still adhered to its “source material.” Meaning what, exactly: That there were cars that turned into robots? That there was an actual narrative arc revolving around characters created by a Japanese toy company? Or something else?
Sometimes these nostalgia films become franchises and sometimes you end up with “The Last Airbender.” Here is our tribute to the good, the bad and the just plain weird (“Boris and Natasha,” anyone?”) of kids’ culture adapted for the big screen.
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.