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  • 11 years without Ilan Ramon

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 3, 2014 | 8:04 am

    We all remember that moment on Febuary 1st,  2003, when we realized our hero in space, Ilan Ramon, would not return. On that day, 11 years ago, the Columbia space shuttle disintegrated over Texas and Louisiana as it reentered Earth's atmosphere at the end of a 15 day and 22 hour...

  • SpaceIL: Israel’s race to the moon

    By Tom Tugend

    February 19, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    One day in 2015, a small Israeli spacecraft will land on and reconnoiter the moon, joining the United States and former Soviet Union in the world’s most exclusive extraterrestrial club.

    That vision is not fantasy or chauvinistic braggadocio, but the sober prediction of Israel’s...

  • 10 years to the Columbia Disaster

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 1, 2013 | 10:41 am

    February 1st, 2003, 16:30 pm. My family and I were all sitting in the car, on our way to visit long distance family members. This was supposed to be a big day: Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli Astronaut and an old family friend, was supposed to land at Cape Canaveral, along with six...

  • Israel ready to train new astronaut

    January 31, 2013 | 1:16 pm

    Ten years after the death of Ilan Ramon on the space shuttle Columbia, Israel is ready to train a new astronaut.

    Israel Space Agency chairman Yitzhak Ben Israel said Wednesday that the agency is in talks with international space agencies to place an Israeli astronaut on the...

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  • Space Shuttle Columbia: From Shoah to the stars

    By Pat Sierchio

    January 23, 2013 | 12:48 pm

    On Feb. 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere, tragically taking the lives of all seven astronauts on board. Among those who never returned home were Israeli Air Force Col. Ilan Ramon — Israel’s first and only astronaut — and a...

  • Space center dedicated in Arab-Israeli city drops Ramon’s name

    October 24, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    A space center that opened in the Arab-Israeli city of Taybeh was not named for the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon following opposition from city residents.

    The Taybeh Space Center was dedicated Tuesday. It was to be called the Ilan Ramon Space Center. Instead, under the name...

  • Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon’s widow to attend school renaming event

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 21, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Rona Ramon, widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, who was killed in the Columbia space shuttle disaster, will join in a festive event on March 25, marking the renaming of a Jewish day school in her husband’s honor.

    Also participating will be relatives of two of Ramon’s crew...

  • Sept. 21-Sept. 30

    By Ryan Torok

    September 21, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Pick of the week: Sunday, Sept. 25

    ILAN RAMON DAY SCHOOL LAUNCH PARTY

    Marking a new beginning for the Agoura Hills Jewish day school, tonight’s party celebrates Heschel West Day School’s re-naming for Israel’s first astronaut — Ilan Ramon Day School. The event features...

  • Astronaut Ilan Ramon’s son dies in IAF crash

    September 13, 2009 | 6:48 pm

    The son of the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon was killed in the crash of an Israeli Air Force fighter plane.

    Capt. Assaf Ramon, 20, died Sunday while flying the F-16 aircraft as part of advanced training. He had completed the training course for pilots with honors in June,...

  • ‘Tragic Loss’ documents Israeli astronaut’s ill-fated flight

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Space escapades have been filling the news of late, from the tale of a jealous NASA astronaut stalking her rival to Virgin Galactic's 99-minute trek into space for $200,000. But it is all a far cry from the devastating turn space travel took four years ago, when the space shuttle...
  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    One year ago, Kol Tikvah Religious School in Woodland Hills started a letter-writing campaign to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. The students sent letters to him wishing him well and telling him how proud they were of his accomplishments, letting him know he was not only important to...

  • We Soared With Ilan

    By Yuval Rotem

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Yuval Rotem, Israeli consul general for the Western United States, delivered these remarks at a Feb. 1 dinner for Pressman Academy, honoring him and his wife, Miri, at the Airport Westin Hotel.



    A verse in the Bible reads, "I am ready to stop, and my pain is continually before me."...

  • Light From Sorrow

    By Irene Brown

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    As an aerospace writer, I have watched 87 crews slip the bonds of Earth's gravity and rocket away into space.

    The tension is tangible each time the laws of physics are put to the test. On Saturday, out of the blue, we all learned a cruel lesson about the speed, heat and friction...

  • Ramon Memorialized Across America

    By Rachel Pomerance

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The groundswell of emotion in response to Ilan Ramon's death has not only been a great inspiration for American Jews, it also has helped strengthen the bond Americans feel for Israel.

    "It's a state of mourning for the whole nation. Our school is no different," said Joseph "J.P."...

  • Moments of Silence

    By Rob Eshman

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    There were a lot of moments of silence this week.

    There was the one early Saturday morning when you first heard the news of the space shuttle Columbia's disappearance. Whoever told you, whomever you told, there was that instant of disbelief, that moment when words failed you.

    As...

  • I Grieve for the Man Who’ll Never Return

    By Yitzhak Ben-Horin

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    His face peered out this week from every television set in the United States. It was impossible to escape him. It was impossible to stop looking at him. My heart ached, a real heartache. This time, I couldn't stop the tears.

    Even I'm allowed. So what if I'm a cynical journalist...

  • Israel Mourns

    By Naomi Segal

    February 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even for Israelis hardened by years of dealing with Palestinian terrorism, the death of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon came as a difficult blow.

    The weather itself seemed to reflect the national mood: A thick, mustard-colored fog blanketed Israel on Sunday afternoon, a day after Ramon...

  • Where No Israeli Has Gone Before

    By Yitzhak Ben-Horin

    January 9, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Ilan Ramon walks the pathways of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, slowed by the weight of the thick book under his arm. It's the bible of the "magnificent seven" -- the group of astronauts scheduled to blast off in the space shuttle Columbia Jan. 16 from the Kennedy Space Center....

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