Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
I have received numerous invitations to join you in a relationship, and I figured it was time to respond to your advances.”
So begins “Girls” star Allison Williams’ cringe-inducing (breakup? rejection?) letter to Twitter, the social media outlet of choice for Lena Dunham. Williams continues:
Before you jump to conclusions, it’s not that I’m seeing somebody else. I barely talk to Facebook anymore (we only ever speak when I need to expedite the name game after meeting a new person), too many friends have been with Instagram or Tumblr, and LinkedIn can ask until he’s blue in the face … not my type.
Williams basically rejects social media for the same reason that any of the characters do whatever it is they do on her show: Because they are all 20-somethings who are “still figuring things out.” Because they are “young!” and “making it up as I go!” Because they can “misfire (like a bad photo shoot or a weird outfit choice)” and because they are all trying to “protect myself from myself.”
I’m also a little self-conscious around you. OK — I’m very self-conscious around you. You’re kind of a tough critic. I always worry about what you would think of me, because I’ve seen the way you react to other people. Would you find me somehow offensive, or too boring, or too provocative, or too ironic, or too earnest? The thought that you would misread a joke makes me ill.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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.