Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
British researchers have announced — well, I’ll just let The Sun headline speak for itself: ”Lap dancers not just pretty faces.” This also just in: Strippers are real, whole people!
Preliminary findings from Teela Sanders and Kate Hardy of the University of Leeds show that nearly 90 percent of women who perform lap dances (a much raunchier affair than in the states) had completed at least one higher education course and 25 percent had undergrad degrees. Putting some weight behind the stereotype, they found that 14 percent were stripping to help pay their way through school. The Sun reports that ”most said flexibility was the main attraction of the job” (ha).
The most controversial finding is that they feel empowered by their work. Sanders, whose research often focuses on sex work, says: “These young women do not buy the line that they are being exploited, because they are the ones making the money out of a three-minute dance and a bit of a chat.” Ooh, them’s fighting words! Let the inter-generational feminist debate begin once again.
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.