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Space Programs Thriving in Israel

Nation produces booster rocket and mix of military and commercial satellites.

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/israel/article/space_programs_thriving_in_israel_20030110

The Israeli Post Office issued a stamp in December featuring the country's first astronaut, who is scheduled to fly on NASA's space shuttle in mid-January. "Every time you are the first, it's meaningful," said Col. Ilan Ramon. Israel will join an elite club of 30 nations that have sent at least one citizen into orbit aboard a U.S. shuttle or a Russian Soyuz capsule. The countries include Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Syria, Costa Rica, South Africa, Poland, Afghanistan and Cuba.

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