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Today Google honored Israel’s 1st astronaut Ilan Ramon, killed on Columbia space shuttle

For Ramon’s 60th Birthday visitors in Israel using the popular search engine saw a cartoon portraying Ramon as he gazes out into space.


Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut to enter space and who tragically perished along with his fellow crewmembers of the Columbia space shuttle over ten years ago, was paid tribute on Friday by Google’s Hebrew page to mark the occasion of his 60th birthday.


Ilan Ramon

Google’s Israel page pays homage to late astronaut Ilan Ramon on what would have been his 60th birthday. – Photo: GOOGLE

Visitors to the popular search engine saw a cartoon depicting Ramon as he gazes out into space. Continue Reading »

Second Israeli Astronaut Set to be Shot Into Space

Report from Jerusalem says Israeli Space Agency is coordinating with he US to have an Israeli astronaut sent to space, 1st one since Ilan Ramon’s tragic death in ’03.

By Ari Yashar


On Tuesday reports surfaced indicating that Israel is intending to send another astronaut into space, the second since Ilan Ramon tragically died in the Space Shuttle Columbia accident in 2003.

Reshet Bet reported that the Israeli Space Agency is managing advanced talks with several space agencies to send another Israeli astronaut into space. The astronaut would likely go to the International Space Station (ISS) according to reports.

However, in January 2013, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said while visiting Israel that although there was a good chance of another Israeli astronaut, he didn’t think an Israeli could be sent to ISS because the country is not a participant in the program. Continue Reading »

Tayibe Space Center not named after Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon

Arab-Israeli city inaugurates new facility

After MK Tibi’s appeal, Israel’s first astronaut downplayed in Space Center’s title

Hassan Shaalan


The Tayibe Space Center, which was officially inaugurated on Tuesday, does not bear the name of Israel’s first astronaut Ilan Ramon.

Ilan Ramon Photo: AP

Ilan Ramon – Photo: AP

Ynet previously reported that Knesset Member Ahmad Tibi had asked Science Minister Daniel Hershkowitz to avoid naming the new center in the Arab-Israeli city after the late astronaut, arguing that

“Ramon took part in bombing civilian population in the first Lebanon war.”

It was eventually decided to downplay the astronaut’s name, with the facility’s sign reading “‘Tayibe Space Center’ – in memory of astronaut Ilan Ramon.” Continue Reading »