Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new interactive artwork opening in Philadelphia will make light of your words, but it’s probably not what you think.
The work called “Open Air” runs Sept. 20 through Oct. 14. It will translate voice messages into moving beams of light over a tree-lined parkway named for Benjamin Franklin in the heart of Philadelphia’s cultural district.
An iPhone app records wishes, gripes, observations, questions or shout-outs of up to 30 seconds. Viewers can then watch as 24 robotic searchlights slowly sweep the night sky in patterns and intensity determined by voices and GPS location.
On clear nights, it will be visible from 10 miles away.
Montreal-based artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer created the work. His installations have been seen worldwide, but “Open Air” is his first outdoor searchlight project in the U.S.
Open Air: http://www.openairphilly.net
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.