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January 31, 2013 2:08 pm

New Israeli Astronaut Could Go to Space

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The Ministry of Science and Technology announced that it intends to renew its initiative to send another Israeli astronaut to space.

The first and only Israeli astronaut was Ilan Ramon, who died in 2003, along with the rest of the space shuttle Columbia crew. The shuttle exploded over east Texas during re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere,16 minutes prior to its scheduled landing.

Representatives of the Israel Space Agency have begun initial talks with international space officials with the goal of exploring the ramifications of such an eventuality. If the ISA can locate the necessary resources, they hope to place an Israeli astronaut at the International Space Station in the next few years.

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