Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Yesterday we noted, a bit puzzled, that Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan is a big Alex Jones fan. He stops by the conspiracy theorist’s radio show any time he swings through Austin, Texas, and has even written a song about Jones’ work.
Jones and Salon do not typically get along, but he liked this story, republishing our piece and appending this note:
COMMENT FROM ALEX JONES: The headline, “Billy Corgan’s strange infatuation with a conspiracy theorist“, was a bit snot-nosed and pretentious, and you can bet wasn’t written by the author. But other than that, it reads as overall factual and non-biased, for which I salute Salon, which in the past has been an engine of bullshit. I’m glad to see that Billy’s wish to have a truly constructive conversation about the nature of reality is happening; we may have even reached someone at Salon. Thank the maker; thoughtcrime is spreading.
Jones will be sad to learn that the author (yours truly) did, in fact, write the headline, so we’ll take this as a backhanded compliment, but a compliment nonetheless. Previously, Jones has accused us of being government-funded stooges, so kudos to Jones as well, we suppose, for stepping out of his typically knee-jerk opposition to all things liberal and enjoying a story that helps spread the word that he has a famous friend.
Alex Seitz-Wald is Salon's political reporter. Email him at email@example.com, and follow him on Twitter @aseitzwald.More Alex Seitz-Wald.
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.