Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
The first time I went on a diet, I was 9 years old. I was a scrappy kid who played Little League and ran track; I didn’t actually have any extra weight to lose, but it seemed fun in a grown-up way, in the way that slathering my face with rouge and running a pink Daisy razor over the downy hair on my shins seemed fun. My mom was on a diet, so I went on one. Hey everybody, let’s eat rice cakes and guzzle Diet Coke! It’s a par-tay!
I was so proud of this diet that I went to school and told all my girlfriends — about calories and cellulite and why blueberry muffins were deadly. I practically held court on the playground, as little girls listened with rapt attention to the hell that would happen to their thighs if they ate another Bomb pop. What strikes me about this story is: 1) Wow, that is all kind of sad. 2) Back then, the idea of diets and calorie consumption and starvation diets were foreign to kids, at least the ones I grew up around. 3) I somehow internalized the idea that it was cool to diet, something I really didn’t let go of until much later in life.
Today we get word from the UPI that, in Britain, “an increasing number of children under the age of 10 are being hospitalized with eating disorders and self-inflicted injuries.” This is what we call KGOY (kids getting older younger). This is also what we call sad.
Here’s an interesting part of that study, too. The majority of those children under 10 are boys. “The Department of Health said more than 270 boys and 163 girls under the age of 10 were admitted to hospitals with eating disorders in the past four years, The Daily Telegraph reported Tuesday.” This dovetails with the rising trend of “manorexia” and news last month that former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott of Britain suffered from bulimia. But it’s also rather startling. This isn’t really the kind of parity we were after.
Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.More Sarah Hepola.
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.