Latest Ilan Ramon Stories

2011-02-04 07:25:54

NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver returned Feb. 1 from a four-day trip to Israel where she represented NASA at an international space conference, met with students and paid tribute to the memory of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon. Garver's visit was highlighted by her participation in the Sixth Annual Ilan Ramon International Space Conference, a two-day forum for Israel's space community to discuss technologies, programs and strategies with representatives from around the world. The...

2008-10-04 21:00:04

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. The Israel Museum Sunday will begin exhibiting some of the 37 pages from Ilan Ramon's diary, recovered by searchers two months after the spacecraft disintegrated upon re-entry into Earth's atmosphere Feb. 1, 2003, the Jewish Telegraph Agency reported. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration returned the diary pages...

2008-10-04 00:00:08

World in brief JERUSALEM Pages from an Israeli astronaut's diary that survived the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia and a 37-mile fall to Earth are going on display this weekend for the first time. The diary belonged to Ilan Ramon, Israel's first astronaut and one of seven crew members killed when Columbia disintegrated upon re- entering the atmosphere on 1 February 2003. Part of the restored diary will be displayed at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. Two months after the explosion,...

2005-07-12 17:31:31

JERUSALEM -- The widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon said she won't attend Wednesday's launch of space shuttle Discovery because the pain over her husband's death in the Columbia disaster is still too fresh. NASA invited the families of the seven Columbia astronauts to the launch, the first shuttle mission since Columbia broke up on re-entry 2 1/2 years ago, killing all aboard. "It (the launch) is not for me at the moment," Rona Ramon told Israel Army Radio Tuesday. "All the families will...

2005-01-26 14:50:11

PRAGUE (AFP) -- An asteroid has been named after a Czech Jewish boy who became famous almost 60 years after his death in Auschwitz when a picture he drew while incarcerated was taken on the ill-fated space shuttle mission, astronomers said. On February 1, 2003, the day that would have been his birthday, Peter Ginz's black and white sketch of earth viewed from the moon, was taken on the fatal 2003 Columbia space shuttle flight by Ilan Ramon, the first-ever Israeli astronaut. Ginz, a keen...

Word of the Day
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.