Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
WASHINGTON (AP) — Your gut is full of bacteria that help keep you healthy. Now scientists want to study whether those bugs are different in vegetarians and Atkins dieters, or in couch potatoes and athletes.
To participate will require mailing a stool sample and paying a fee — $69 and up.
That may be a lot to ask, but the researchers running two novel citizen-science projects hope a lot of people sign up. The American Gut Project aims to enroll 10,000 people from all walks of life. Separately, uBiome (U-buy-ohm) is aiming for nearly 2,000.
It’s a first step toward understanding which combinations of bacteria are the healthiest — and which are linked to health problems. The big question is whether we might be able to change our bacteria through diet and lifestyle.
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.