Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Sometimes, you just need to hear it from someone who’s been through it. That’s the poignant idea behind NOLA to New York, one of the most touching online responses to Hurricane Sandy.
Former New Orleans resident Andy Kopsa started the Tumblr while stuck waiting — in the Big Easy, as it happened — to get home to New York in the wake of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. In an acknowledgment of both her immediate travel plans and the fate of the Big Apple, she tweeted Wednesday, “We have a long, long road ahead.” And so Kopsa used her time to create the Tumblr, and put out the call to encourage “Katrina survivors [to] talk to New York.”
There’s Calvin, who holds up a sign that says, “It’s not about the material things; it’s about each other!” Calvin “was evacuated to seven different cities” before making his way back home, where he now owns his own barbershop. Barry was trapped on the I-10 when the storm hit, and came home to looters in his house. Laura sends a message of “inner strength” while Yolanda says, “Pray.” Kristy, who did search and rescue in Lakeview and City Park and knows what it’s like to find a body tied to the porch of a house, pleads for “compassion,” while James, who did search and rescue during Isaac, sends assurance that New York is “in our prayers with many condolences.”
On the page, which is still growing, there are also photos of what the storm-swept city of New Orleans looks like now, seven years later. But it’s the messages of kindness and empathy that make this such a promising document, and a loving testament from the heart of one great American city to another. As reporter Lauren, who had to go on the air right after learning parts of the Superdome’s roof had begun coming off, disaster “shapes you.” It also, thankfully, connects you.
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.