Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Now that it’s been out for two weeks, it’s about time to acknowledge “The Christmas Candle” for what it is — a massive flop.
Distributed by EchoLight, Rick Santorum’s family-friendly film distribution firm, “The Christmas Candle,” an old-fashioned holiday tale about a fictional English town in the late 19th century, has grossed less than $2 million since its release, bringing in a pathetic $2,500 per screen.
Unsurprisingly, the film’s reviews are no better than its finances. Joe Neumaeir of the New York Daily News wrote that the film is “as if a little plastic holiday village came to life. Except that might be interesting.” Peter Sobczynski of rogerebert.com also panned the movie, writing, “The end result is the kind of vaguely distasteful Yuletide concoction that viewers normally find playing on cable channels that they don’t even realize that they have.”
Even the right-wing New York Post gave the film only two stars out of four, saying the film’s “resolute quaintness” is unlikely to appeal to any but “the kind of viewers who regard electricity as disturbingly newfangled.”
Watch the trailer for “The Christmas Candle” below:
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.