Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
As the SXWX Interactive tide starts to ebb, the Music festival is beginning. Internet geeks are departing by the throngs, replaced by considerably more fashionable musicians. And on this day of interspecies mingling, Nick Cave came to town and talked about his life for an hour. Standing room only, obviously.
His conversation turned out to have nothing remotely to do with technology, except for one cathartic moment.
As soon as Cave walked onto the stage, audience members began to raise their phones and tablets above their heads to take photographs. This being the last day of SXSW Interactive, well, let’s just say that there were a lot of devices.
Larry Sloman, the host, started on his first question, but Cave interrupted him before he could finish. He stared out at the crowd, with more than a trace of horrified belligerence.
“Are you really going to do that with those fucking things the whole time?!” he sneered, in a loving way, if one can sneer in a loving way.
We laughed. We might be geeks, and we might have just spent five days at a conference where the very notion of phone etiquette is risible in the extreme, but Nick Cave is a walking, talking, singing reality check. He instructed everyone to take their pictures promptly and then put their phones away. We complied. The hammer came down.
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.