SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileNASA has a long history of bringing mementos from Earth aboard space shuttles to drum up interest for the sometimes painfully slow process of constructing the orbiting International Space Station. In June the space shuttle Atlantis returned to Earth with an artifact from the 17th century American settlement of Jamestown to celebrate the 400th anniversary of its founding.Now NASA is celebrating a more recent occasion the 30th anniversary of Star Wars by sending the original lightsaber prop used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in the 1977 film aboard the space shuttle Discovery in October. Evidently a person dressed as the Wookie Chewbacca will officially hand the lightsaber to NASA officials at Oakland International Airport in California today before he in a rare team up joins Boba and Jango Fett to push the airplane holding the saber on the tarmac.
SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileStreet style photographers are known for documenting the extraordinary fashion sense of ordinary people, but many focus on dapper young men and women with nary a wrinkle or silver hair.Ari Seth Cohen, a 31 year old photographer in New York City, bucks that trend. He is more interested in fashionistas who are old enough to be his grandparents, and his popular blog, book, and forthcoming documentary all pay homage to the “Advanced Style” of “stylish and creative older folks.”The women he has interviewed in collaboration with Lina Plioplyte are memorable characters who explain their pomp and pageantry without apology.”I am dressed up for the theatre of my life,” says one.”I don’t want to go around like a dreary old lady,” says another.”Young women, you’re going to be an old woman someday. Don’t worry about it,” chimes in a third.The women interviewed emphasize colour, character, and the freedom that comes with dressing according to one’s own moods and preferences without worrying about what others think about them.They advise others not to be scared of standing out, of breaking rules, and of expressing a bold individuality.In a recent reflection on Cohen’s work for , Mireille Silcoff describes the young man as “one of New York City’s more unlikely tastemakers.”‘This is how I want to be when I get old’Silcoff also argues that the interest and enthusiasm over Advanced Style is not being fueled by aging boomers, as one might expect, but rather their thrift store loving children.(Ari Seth Cohen/powerHouse Books)”Scratch the surface of youth culture, and a kind of Eldertopia is revealed, a pro aged paradise lovingly promoted by people who are themselves not even close to middle aged,” she writes, going on to describe a digital universe dotted with Bubby glasses and granddad cardigans.The ubiquitous caption below countless “Cool Old People” and “Geezer Chic” posts, she notes, is some version of “This is how I want to be when I get old.””The twilight years thus appeal as a time when a kind of paradoxical freedom can be located, a time thought to be beyond the petty concerns of hotness and coolness, where you can finally, truly, really be yourself,” writes Silcoff.Similarly, in a recent post for BBC News Magazine, Tamsin Smith explores pro aging experimentation in a youth obsessed culture.