NASA loans Columbia space shuttle remains for Ilan Ramon Conference

Israeli Space week hosts international astronauts; Remains of Columbia space shuttle loaned by NASA on display Tuesday

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Remains of the Columbia space shuttle that exploded 13 years ago arrived for display in Israel Tuesday for a special ceremony during Israeli Space Week.

 

The ceremony was held during the “Ilan Ramon International Space Conference” at the Air Force House in Herzelia, in cooperation with Israel’s Ministry of Science and technology and Israel Space Agency.

 

NASA loaned the shuttle remains to Israel for its space week. Ilan Ramon’s wife Rona Roma thanked NASA stating it was “the closing of a circle for me and for all those who work in the field of science and space exploration in Israel” adding that “We hope that the next generation will take heart and inspiration from the story of Ilan and the Columbia and that this experience will help to educate and build a love for science and technology as well as space exploration.”

 

Several famous astronauts are in Israel for the week, including Shannon Walker, Joseph Acaba, Samanthaa Cristoforetti and Garrett Reisman. US Ambassador Daniel Shapiro was also in attendance.