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Monday, January 29, 2007

Astronauts Visit Israel To Honor Ilan From Columbia

Two Astronauts, one from NASA and the other from the Canadian Space Agency have decided to take a trip towards the holy land in order to pay their respects and appreciation for Ilan, the Israeli astronaut who died in the Columbia explosion.

(Jewish Telegraphic Agency) Joseph Tanner from NASA and Steve MacLean from the Canadian Space Agency were scheduled to take part in memorial events this week for the Columbia crew.

"When Ilan was in space, we all felt the excitement and uniqueness of his task," said Rona Ramon, the astronaut's widow.

"Space captures the imagination. I am glad to be with Steve and Joseph today, who are good friends who continue to perpetuate Ilan's memory."

I personally remember hearing the explosion of the shuttle when I was in Texas, as it was fairly early in the morning and very loud (it sounded like someone blew up a gas tank down the street).

Although both Israel and the US mourned the loss of Ilan and the crew, it is good to see astronauts still honoring his memory, along with others who risk their lives to bring a greater understanding of our universe.

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