Fighter pilot to be buried next to father

JERUSALEM, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- An Israeli fighter pilot was to be buried Monday next to his father, an astronaut who died aboard the space shuttle Columbia, officials said.

Jewish astronaut's diary will be shown

JERUSALEM, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Pages of a diary kept by an Israeli astronaut killed in the Columbia space shuttle disaster are going on display at a museum in Jerusalem, Israeli media report.
NASA to televise Columbia remembrance

NASA to televise Columbia remembrance

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. space agency will televise the Astronauts Memorial Foundation's remembrance service honoring space shuttle Columbia's STS-107 crew.

Israeli students design robots for contest

KIRYAT GAT, Israel, March 13 (UPI) -- Schoolchildren from all over Israel, including the son of astronaut Ilan Ramon, pitted original robot designs against one another in a national contest.

Fourth shuttle spacewalk not needed

JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, Texas, Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A fourth space walk to fix a thermal blanket near shuttle Discovery's left window will not be needed, the crew was told by Mission Control in Houston Thursday.

Medal proposed for Columbia crew

WASHINGTON, July 20 (UPI) -- Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, filed legislation Tuesday that would award the congressional gold medal to the crew of the space shuttle Columbia.

Mars features to be named for shuttle crew

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Seven hills on Mars will be named for the members of the last crew of the space shuttle Columbia, NASA announced Tuesday.

Video shows calm crew preparing to land

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Less than 10 minutes before their deaths, the astronauts aboard shuttle Columbia chatted breezily as they checked their spacesuits, put on their gloves and marveled at the flashes of light outside their windows as the spaceship encountered Earth's atmosph

Left wing among recovered shuttle debris

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Feb. 10 (UPI) -- A piece of shuttle Columbia's left wing, which showed signs of trouble minutes before the spaceship tore apart over Texas last week, is among the 12,000 pieces of wreckage recovered so far, officials said Monday.

Cold rain hampers Columbia recovery

HEMPHILL, Texas, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Recovery teams slogged through muddy forests in east Texas Thursday looking for more debris from space shuttle Columbia.

Cheney pays tribute to Columbia crew

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) -- Vice President Dick Cheney Thursday honored the memory of the seven crew members of the space shuttle Columbia during a solemn ceremony at the Washington National Cathedral calling them "lost explorers" to whom he wanted to offer the respects of a gratefu
KATHY A. GAMBRELL, UPI White House Reporter

Two charged with stealing Columbia debris

LUFKIN, Texas, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that a man and woman have been charged with stealing debris from the wreckage of space shuttle Columbia in east Texas. They could face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,00 fine if convicted.

Israel says remains of its astronaut found

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- NASA has identified the remains of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, an Israel Defense Forces spokeswoman reported Wednesday.

Israel says remains of its astronaut found

TEL AVIV, Israel, Feb. 5 (UPI) --

Bush: Columbia astronauts fulfilled dream

SPACE CENTER, HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush paid tribute here Tuesday to the seven Columbia space shuttle astronauts killed as they attempted to return to Earth, saying they represented the human quest of discovery and exploration of the heavens.
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Ilan Ramon
JER2003021002 - LOD, Israel, February 10 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon sits beside Rona Ramon, the widow of Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon and her children, during the state memorial service at an Air Force base at Lod, February 10, 2003. Col. Ilan Ramon was killed February 1, when the Columbia Space Shuttle broke up over Texas during its re-entry to Earth's atmosphere. mk/dh/Debbie Hill UPI

Ilan Ramon (June 20, 1954 - February 1, 2003; Hebrew: אילן רמון‎) was a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, and later the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon was the space shuttle payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal mission of Columbia, where he and six other crew members were killed in a re-entry accident over Southern Texas. Ramon is the only foreign recipient of the United States Congressional Space Medal of Honor.

Ramon was born in Ramat Gan, Israel and grew up in Beersheba. His mother and grandmother are survivors of Auschwitz concentration camp.

Although a secular Jew and he described himself as such, Ramon sought to follow Jewish observances while in orbit. In an interview he said, "I feel I am representing all Jews and all Israelis." He was the first spaceflight participant to request kosher food.

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