Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
This year’s Oscars continued a familiar tradition — running lengthy clip sequences at the expense of Oscar winners’ speeches — this year, winners have been interrupted by intrusive music and mic cuts as they thank their friends, family and colleagues.
The “Life of Pi” team accepting the best visual effects trophy was cut off by the gradually swelling music from “Jaws” — no bland, non-threatening exit music this year! — and, as one of the “Life of Pi” team attempted to speak over the music, the mic was cut.
“Poor thing,” Nicole Kidman appeared to say in a mute reaction shot.
The same exact thing, less the Nicole Kidman cutoff, happened to the makers of “Searching for Sugar Man,” the best documentary feature.
Meanwhile, Seth MacFarlane’s opening number featured numerous musical numbers — including one mocking actresses who’d played nude, in an apparent tribute to the theory of the male gaze — and cutaways to William Shatner, and a lengthy medley of songs from “Les Misérables.”
Notoriously, the songwriters behind “Once” were cut off in 2007 after winning the best original song trophy and Jon Stewart ushered them back to fully thank their colleagues.
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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.