Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Gift guides are weird. The basic premise: collect a random assortment of new gadgets, bloated box sets and hipster novelties and present them as the must-buys of the season.
But a solid gift is all about the recipient’s needs and tastes. For whom are we fake-shopping? If we’re appeasing archetypes, we thought it would be fun to select gifts for the most intriguing fictional characters of 2011′s most interesting films, television shows and books, like “Breaking Bad,” “Bridesmaids” and “The Art of Fielding.” A dad’s a dad, even if, like Walter, he created a killer new strain of meth, right? They’ll stand in for everyone you have to shop for this holiday.
You’ll find gifts for the metalhead nanny and the irritable intern; your friends and significant others; moms, dads, little siblings and collegiate nephews. And when you pick your squirrel-hunting cousin Daryl in the family gift draw, you won’t even break a sweat.
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.