Photographer and tattoo artist Katie Harkness has lost her battle with cancer.
The 37-year-old from Sydney, Australia, had her photo put on the moon by artist Michael O’Brien at the Kennedy Space Centre on June 17.
Ms Harknesses story is one of the most memorable in space photography, and she is the first person in the world to have a tattoo of her face on the International Space Station, where she is staying as part of NASA’s Expedition 47 crew.
The astronaut was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May and her condition worsened with the passage of time, her doctor told ABC News.
“When I got diagnosed, I was feeling very depressed, very lonely and had lost the confidence in myself,” Ms Harkess said.
“I was just in a bit of a funk, not sure where I was going or what was going to happen next.”
The idea that I would get the chance to see a little piece of the Earth and to see the light up the sky, it just clicked in my head.
“It was a little of a light show, a little little bit like a carnival on the way down.”
And then there’s a couple of weeks of very dark days when it was just very dark and very foggy.
“The photo went viral, but it was not enough to keep Ms Halkness afloat.
On Wednesday, she was able to put her tattoo on the ISS.”
Michael O’Brian had tattooed the logo on my forehead,” Ms Latham said.
It was not until this week that the NASA tattoo team noticed the ink had begun to stain.”
This is when we noticed it,” Ms O’Briens father-in-law, Kevin Farrar, said.
He said Ms Harks ink was not properly dried, and he feared that the astronauts might have to remove her skin to clean it off.”
We knew that there was a problem, we knew that it was an ink stain,” Mr Farrard said.”[The tattoo] has been very much a part of Katie’s life since she was a child.
“Katie Harkings father-of-one Kevin Farlow said he is concerned that the ink on her forehead could have led to her cancer.”
There are a lot of things that are going to come out of this,” he said.
The tattoo team was able, however, to remove the ink.”
They were able to clean the ink off of the tattoo, which is great,” Ms Farrart said.
Ms Latham and her family have been at the centre of a media frenzy for weeks as they campaigned for a change in policy for the space program.
Ms Farrars fears that Ms HARKS cancer will only get worse.”
That’s the fear of my family,” he told ABC Radio Canberra.”
She is a very strong person and we have a lot more to lose.
“So we will be watching what happens next and then we will know how we’re going to cope.”
Ms HARKES COLLISION AND HER TATTOOES”The ink on my face is not dried, it is stained, and we can’t even see it, but I can feel the cancer,” Ms Gatt, who was in the room, told ABC radio.
“Our world is changing and Katie will never see her husband again.”
Her cancer is a part, but the cancer is not going to end here.
It is still out there.
“What we want to do is help her, we want her to be able to get on with her life and her future.”
But the reality is, we have to fight it, we will fight it until the end.