Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Salon’s readers write poems on Republicans, the inauguration and poetry contests.
On His Blindness — Not (Yet) Winning the Limerick Contest
This contest has got me bewitched.
I’ve not won so now I’m fermisht*.
My meter’s on time
my subject’s just fine.
I’m thinking, “Is this contest fixed”?
To publish I’ll reach for the bait.
To win I must open their gate.
Do they read every poem
or just ones from the known,
or must I just “stand (there) and wait”?
*Yiddish: Mixed up in the head, a little crazy, overwhelmed, disorganized.
Potter Valley, Mendocino County, Calif.
Although your new limerick contest is thrillin’,
my brain appears not to be willin’
when every new verse
than the last one is worse.
Perhaps you should just call Calvin Trillin.
A president chose to come clean
In a red white and very blue scene,
And the subtext was this:
Here’s my rear for a kiss,
GOP, if you think I’m still green.
Red Hook, N.Y.
Some red states want rules remade
the next time elections are played
I say, where’s the need?
Just go and secede
then call to request foreign aid.
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Alex Halperin is news editor at Salon. You can follow him on Twitter @alexhalperin.More Alex Halperin.
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.