Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Dan Brown just published a new novel. It’s hard to miss, what with there being a tower of “Infernos” beside every supermarket checkout. Soon, your mom and co-workers will be asking you what you thought of the Big Twist at the end when Robert Langdon uncovers whichever conspiracy it is this time round. Then in 18 months, the whole cycle will begin anew when the inevitable Tom Hanks movie juggernaut rolls out.
While Dan Brown books are page-turners, they’re also littered with wordcount-boosting details, like the specific height of buildings or the exact make and model of Langdon’s current vehicle of choice. And let’s not even start on the bizarre mixed metaphors.
It’s pretty easy to make fun of Dan Brown. Just ask Telegraph columnist Michael Deacon, whose written-in-the-style-of-Dan-Brown “Inferno” review went viral last week. “Inferno” may have a ready-made readership of millions of “Da Vinci Code” fans, but it’s hard to deny that Brown’s writing style reads like a cross between a Wikipedia entry and the internal monologue of an art history professor.
What’s “Inferno” actually about? Well, it has something to do with Dante and features the middle-aged Langdon solving a mystery alongside a beautiful young woman. Aside from that, we wouldn’t want to spoil it for you. We’ll leave that to @Nunferno.
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.
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