Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW YORK (AP) — Patti Smith remembers the first time she saw Lou Reed in person. It was 1970 and Reed and the Velvet Underground were performing at the Manhattan club Max’s Kansas City.
“I was so taken with their music,” she said Monday as she spoke of her friend, inspiration and fellow poet-musician, who died Sunday at age 71. “I made it my business to study him. His process completely spoke to me, the process of merging poetry with these surf rhythms, this pulsing loop. You could get into a trance listening to 12 minutes of ‘Sister Ray.’”
Interviewed by telephone, Smith said that Reed brought “the sensibility of art and literature” to rock music, a sensibility she has long shared. When she and Reed would see each other, they often talked about poetry, about Hart Crane or Walt Whitman or Federico Garcia Lorca.
“He could speak articulately about any poet,” she said.
Smith said she was pleased by the global impact of Reed’s passing and by the stories of how his songs affected people’s lives. She cited “Pale Blue Eyes” as a personal favorite. She said that the fragile, weary ballad reminded her of her late, blue-eyed husband, guitarist Fred “Sonic” Smith.
“I never fail to think of him and his gaze when I’m singing that or hear that song,” she said. “Lou had a gift of taking very simple lines, ‘Linger on, your pale blue eyes,’ and make it so they magnify on their own. That song has always haunted me.”
Smith also praised Reed’s romantic “Perfect Day.” She sings it often in concert and finds herself moved when audiences join in on the chorus.
“So many of us have benefited from the work he has done,” she said. “We all owe him a debt. Most of us that owe a debt are not very happy to own up to it. Sometimes you like to imagine that you did everything on your own. But I think with Lou that everyone will stand in line to say thank you, in their own way.”
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.