Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
NEW YORK (AP) — Friends and strangers came to pay their respects Thursday to a New York mother of two who was killed while vacationing alone in Turkey.
The viewing for Sarai Sierra was held at Christian Pentecostal Church on Staten Island on Valentine’s Day, which marked the 15th anniversary of Sierra’s engagement to husband Steven, a New York City bus driver.
The 33-year-old Sierra disappeared Jan. 21, and her body was discovered 12 days later near Istanbul’s ancient city walls. Police say she suffered a fatal blow to the head.
Marjorie Ryan, a friend of Sierra’s mother, said the family is struggling with their grief. “They’re very strong, but this is devastating to them,” she said.
Mourners arrived in a steady stream while a montage of photos and videos from Sierra’s life played on overhead screens.
Pastor John Carlo, who knew Sierra as a teenager and who later officiated at her wedding, said the family was broken up. “This is reality when you see the casket,” he said.
Another mourner extended his sympathies to Sierra’s two sons, ages 9 and 11.
“I feel bad for the kids,” said Brian Doherty, a co-worker of Steven Sierra’s. “They’re the ones who will really suffer the most.”
Sierra had traveled alone to Turkey to explore her photography hobby. A friend who was supposed to join her canceled for financial reasons.
Turkish authorities and the FBI are investigating her death. No arrests have been made.
Janet Santapau said she didn’t know Sierra but wanted to pay her respects as a fellow Staten Islander and a Christian.
“I just wanted to come by and support the family,” she said. “Just to say I’m with them.”
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.