Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Cuddling, while very nice in theory, can often be very uncomfortable. In an effort to feel a little less alone in an indifferent and sometimes hostile world, people suffer through numb limbs, strained necks and persistent renegotiations of bodily alignment that disrupt restful sleep. And, as we all know, not getting enough sleep is slowly killing us all.
Hoping to address these hazards (sleep discomfort, human loneliness), someone has invented a mattress that allows you to wedge your arms and feet in between a series of pillowy slats, which may help to better facilitate cuddling. The mattress also comes with specialized fitted sheets, which may help to better facilitate sanitary sleeping conditions.
Mehdi Mojtabavi’s innovation is not yet in production, but the “Cuddle Mattress” prototype won a 2007 Red Dot award and was a 2008 Industrial Designers Society of America finalist. And while Mojtabavi failed to raise $75,000 in start-up money through a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign, he is currently seeking other investors to get his idea on the market.
But in the meantime, here is a highly scientific instructional video to help you deal with cuddle-related discomfort:
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.