Relics of Columbia space shuttle on display in Israel for 1st time

Relics of the Columbia space shuttle related to research conducted in space by the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon, went on display in Israel for the first time Tuesday. Ramon and the six other crew members on the space shuttle were killed when it burned up on re-entry to the atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003.

The items were put on display at the Israel Air Force Center in Herzliya as part of a conference hosted by the Israel Space Agency marking Israel Space Week.

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Ramon’s widow, Rona Ramon — president of the Ramon Foundation, launched in her late husband’s honor, which promotes values of social and personal excellence and leadership — made a special request to NASA that the items be brought to Israel for Space Week.

The relics were scheduled to be unveiled in a special ceremony at the center to be attended by Science, Technology and Space Minister Ofir Akunis, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro, and Rona Ramon.