Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
O, the sacrilege!
It’s hard to say who is the bigger culprit in this crime against rock humanity: ESPN magazine or the Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte. The publication released this video of its just-completed, inexplicably timed photo shoot with the megalomaniacal swimmer, whom they cast as the floating baby to re-create the iconic cover of Nirvana’s best-selling 1991 album, “Nevermind.” Or as Lochte puts it, “the iconic Nirvana blah-blah.”
As if the concept alone isn’t enough to make all of Seattle sink into the Earth with a collective, massive cringe, just wait until they hear Lochte explain why the album’s imagery resonates with him. “When you look at the baby, he’s definitely happy in the water. And that’s what I am. Whenever I step foot in that water, I’m happy.” Lochte crinkles his nose, the soundtrack in the background blaring ESPN’s idea of Kurt Cobain’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit”-esque guitar riffs (how many ways can they kill a dead man?). “And he’s chasing after a dollar bill,” Lochte continues, “so he’s always on the grind.”
Though the photo shoot was easy, according to the Olympian, in order to be true to his subject, he had to forgo the goggles. He hopes that, “when everyone sees it, they’ll be like, ‘Dang, look at that guy!’ I honestly think I nailed the shot.” Smells like … oh, never mind.
Kera Bolonik is a contributing writer at Salon. Follow her on Twitter @KeraBolonikMore Kera Bolonik.
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.