Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
“Futurama” fans wept on Wednesday night, as the 7-season-long show came to an end after being canceled by Comedy Central in April.
The show has been resilient despite its tumultuous history, having gone in and out of production and switching networks (it was originally on Fox); even though this time it seems final, co-creator Matt Groening is hopeful that “Futurama” will find a way to return. In an interview with Zap2it, Groening spoke about last episode, “Meanwhile,” and talked about the future of the show:
“Meanwhile” is the fourth “series finale” written for “Futurama,” so there is a small hope that the show might not be gone forever this time either. There aren’t concrete plans for the “Futurama” world to live on beyond the finale and crossover, but Groening is leaving the door open.
“The people that work on the show — the actors, the writers, the animators, everybody — loves doing it and we all get along. It’s the dream team and it would be a shame if we all went our separate ways forever. We’d like to do it for the pal reasons, the friendship reasons. We don’t have a place to go yet, but maybe,” he says. “It’s not over anyway because there’s always the reruns and the DVDs and fan art and all that. And I’m sure the comments will never end as people dissect these episodes.”
Perhaps “Futurama” will find a second life on Netflix or another of the increasingly popular online streaming sites. But until then, fans can look forward to a crossover episode featuring “Futurama” characters on “The Simpsons,” which will be celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2014.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
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.