Stones placed on a Jewish grave to show respect for the deceased. Orthodox Rabbi Joseph Telushkin says Jewish tradition holds that there is an afterlife but doesn't encourage speculation on what it might be like.
Millions of Americans believe in the afterlife, and author and scholar Joseph Telushkin is no exception. The Orthodox rabbi has written extensively about Judaism and says that the concept of God is incompatible with the idea that life ends at death.
He holds that conviction so strongly, he tells NPR's Robert Siegel, because he believes that God is just — and he has to assume that a just God would provide some reward to a person who has lived his or her life well, while imposing a different fate upon those who do evil.
American astronaut Malcolm Scott Carpenter, the fourth American astronaut in space and the second to orbit Earth, died Thursday at the age of 88.
The original seven Mercury astronauts during a training mission at NASA Langley Research Center, in March 1961. From left: Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald "Deke" Slayton.
Carpenter leaves a hangar at Cape Canaveral on May 24, 1962, en route to the launching pad.
Carpenter, with his wife and three of their children, greets President John F. Kennedy at the White House in June 1962.
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Mercury 7 astronauts Gordon Cooper (from left), Wally Schirra and Carpenter at a press conference at Kennedy Space Center in 1998. The three were in Florida to watch the launch of the Shuttle Discovery, which carried 77-year-old Glenn into orbit
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In 2011, Carpenter spoke at the dedication ceremony for the Mercury Project and Messenger Mission postage stamp, at the Kennedy Space Center.
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Carpenter, at the 109th Explorers Club Annual Dinner in March 2013, in New York City.
The mission of Carpenter's 1962 flight was to determine how well humans could function in weightlessness.
Originally published on Thu October 10, 2013 6:14 pm
Scott Carpenter, the fourth American astronaut to fly in space and the second to orbit Earth, died on Thursday, a NASA official tells NPR.
Carpenter, an original Mercury 7 astronaut, was 88.
NPR's Russell Lewis filed this report for our Newscast unit:
"Scott Carpenter's 1962 flight was just five hours, and his mission was to determine how well humans could function in weightlessness. His capsule circled the Earth three times before returning for a parachute landing.
Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 3:17 pm
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