Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Vanity Fair’s history with its Hollywood Issue cover has been one of controversy, year after year; the cover, which traditionally features a number of top stars and/or emerging talents, has been critiqued throughout its history for wildly favoring white performers.
Such a critique, coming after a year in which black movie stars moved audiences in a notable slate of well-received films, is unlikely to come this year. The front fold of the new cover — the one visible at newsstands — features not merely Julia Roberts and George Clooney but also Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave”) and Idris Elba (“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”). On the second fold, best supporting actor front-runner Jared Leto is joined by three black performers who stood out in the past year — Lupita Nyong’o (“Slave”), Naomie Harris (“Mandela”), and Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”). The final fold features Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in “42,” alongside three emerging starlets — Brie Larson (“Short Term 12″), Margot Robbie (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) and Léa Seydoux (“Blue Is the Warmest Color”).
That’s a healthy and interesting mix of celebrities on every rung of the star system, from the megastar Roberts to the emerging Robbie, as well as more than just a group of white stars. Compare this to the 2011 cover, in which only two of 15 cover subjects were nonwhite — none of them on the front fold, or the regrettable whites-only 2010 cover. Last year, the front fold featured Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Ben Affleck while inner folds featured black actresses Quvenzhané Wallis and Kerry Washington, prompting Jezebel to write: “Vanity Fair has been pushing the black people off of the main cover and over to the right so they’ll get folded up on the newsstand consistently.” This year, that pattern ended.
Daniel D'Addario is a staff reporter for Salon's entertainment section. Follow him on Twitter @DPD_More Daniel D'Addario.
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.