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Ilan Ramon
Israels First Astronaut


Israel's first astronaut, Shuttle Columbia payload specialist Ilan Ramon, was praised Saturday as a symbol of "excellence and freedom" and mourned by his countrymen as "the best we could offer."


Ramon, 48, a career military man, was the pilot who dropped a bomb in 1981 on a nuclear plant under construction in Iraq, destroying it.

President Bush, in a phone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, called Ramon one "brave Israeli citizen" and said his death was "tragic," a spokesman for Sharon said.

"This is a tragic day for the families of the astronauts, and a tragic day for science," Bush said.

Last month, in an interview with the daily Ma'ariv, Ramon said: "The chances an accident would happen in space are very small. As far as safety is concerned, I'm not concerned at all ... I'm sorry, but I'm not afraid."

He added, "In NASA, safety takes precedence over everything else. The shuttle has backup upon backup upon backup."

 
nftyphreak -2/1/2003
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tea_addict28
2/4/2003 19:27

L'HATIKVA V L'CHAIM
A LA ESPERANZA Y A LA VIDA
A ESPERANÇA E A VIDA
 L'ESPOIR ET A LA VIE
TO HOPE AND TO LIFE

ILAN RAMON ATA MENSCH

YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN,

AMEN


Shalom2003
3/14/2003 13:07

Kol od ba-le vav
Ne-fesh ye-hu-di ho-mi-yah
U-le-fa-a-tey mizrach ka-di-mah
A-yin le-Tzion tzo-fi-yah
Od lo av-dah tik-va-te-nu
Hatikva sh-not
al-pa-yim
Li-hi'yot am hof-shi be-ar-tze-nu
Eretz Tzi-yon vi-rushalayim
Ilan
You Are Not Forgotten

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