Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Chris Cuomo, formerly of “Good Morning America,” is headed to CNN to hopefully revamp the network’s morning slate, reports the New York Times. Cuomo — the brother of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — is reportedly joining the network’s morning show, which is hosted by another former network stalwart, Soledad O’Brien. (O’Brien may be on her way out — the network is “discussing various options with” the anchor.) So begins the era of former NBC honcho Jeff Zucker leading the third-place cable news network, and the inventor of the concept in the first place.
From an NBC-trained anchor to an ABC-trained one, the morning shows may seem to be more of the same (though possibly with a new title replacing “Starting Point”), though the programming across the channel will lose some key personalities: Mary Matalin and James Carville, the dueling conservative-wife-and-liberal-husband duo, will peddle their act elsewhere, as they have been let go. (“I’m completely cool with it,” said Carville, noting that the pair were often unavailable at their New Orleans residence.) Also departing: conservative commentator Erick Erickson and managing editor Mark Whitaker.
There are more questions than answers raised by the personnel shift — not least of all because Chris Cuomo is not a name with a big public profile of any sort attached, not even as much as perpetually rumored potential CNN hire Ann Curry. He’s not the Bill O’Reilly-in-the-aughts or Rachel-Maddow-in-2009 level news star that can redefine a network — at least, he wouldn’t seem to be. But the most intriguing departure may be that of the network’s managing editor — indicating that the network, whose great strength has long been its wealth of foreign bureaus, may be about to rethink just how that news is gathered and disseminated on U.S. air, downgrading the importance of “contributor” pundits paid to opine and increasing the importance of news hour to hour.
Or they’ll replace Erickson with a generic right-wing pundit and Matalin and Carville with a new married couple — Tina Brown and Harry Evans are available! — in an attempt to apply new faces to the same old problem, that people interested in watching CNN are not looking for a less “partisan” “Morning Joe” or “Fox & Friends,” but rather for breaking news. We’ll be waiting to see whoever the next hire after Cuomo is with great interest.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.