Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Gwyneth Paltrow, she who favors crack cocaine over canned cheese and two bottles of wine with every meal, has ingratiated herself to yet another community this week, in an interview for the cover of Elle. When asked why she started her newsletter/website GOOP, she gave the kind of normal, “I’m just one of you guys” response we’ve come to expect from the down-to-earth mother of two kids who aren’t allowed to eat at McDonald’s:
“When you go to Paris and your concierge sends you to some … restaurant because they get a kickback, it’s like, ‘No. Where should I really be?’” she says. “‘Where is the great bar with organic wine? Where do I get a bikini wax in Paris?’ People know that I know that.”
She is so right. Those damn concierges and their petty little lies about the best salon deals in Paris. Look, Jacques, I don’t know what organic turnip boat you think Ms. Paltrow fell off yesterday, but she did not fly all the way to Paris just for a day and check into five different hotels (just for funsies), just so she could help you get your little baguette kickback. She wants to know where the best cheese store is, and she needs to know now, monsieur!
The thing is: Would you trust GOOP’s Lonely Planet guide more than you would an actual Parisian citizen? “People know that I know that.” Fair enough: I have no doubt that Gwyneth knows a waxing place in France that is actually tops. I don’t, however, believe this establishment will be in the price range of anyone who isn’t in the top 2 percent tax bracket, or that I will have even gone to Paris in need of a bikini wax in the first place. In fact, up until she mentioned it, I didn’t realize “organic wine” was a thing now.
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.