Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
New research reveals that government-subsidized mental health programs like outpatient therapy and low-cost medication do more than just benefit people receiving care — they help reduce rates of arrest and save taxpayers thousands of dollars each year.
Researchers at North Carolina State University, the Research Triangle Institute and the University of South Florida identified 4,056 people who had been hospitalized for mental illness during 2004 – 2005 and began to track them based on a number of outcomes. After seven years, researchers found that people receiving government-subsidized care were significantly less likely to be arrested than those who did not have access to low-cost or free mental health services.
Next, researchers compared criminal justice costs to mental health treatment costs among study participants and found that spending on government-subsidized health services is better for patient outcomes — and is by far the better investment for governments and taxpayers, as Science Daily notes: “Individuals who were arrested received less treatment and each cost the government approximately $95,000 during the study period. Individuals who were not arrested received more treatment and each cost the government approximately $68,000 during the study period.”
“This study shows that providing mental health care is not only in the best interest of people with mental illness, but in the best interests of society,” Dr. Sarah Desmarais, an assistant professor of psychology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the research, told Science Daily.
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.