An Article of Hope
Where: Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St.
212-294-8301 Price: General Admission $10; CJH/YIVO members, seniors, students $5
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When Ilan Ramon boarded the Space Shuttle Columbia, he made history as the first Israeli astronaut and a member of the most diverse crew in shuttle history. The son of a Holocaust survivor, Ramon also carried a piece of history with him – a tiny Torah scroll with an extraordinary story. Far above the earth, Ramon took on a mission within the mission: to tell that story to the world.
Ilan Ramon was Israel’s first astronaut and a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. A fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force, he was selected for the U.S. astronaut program in 1998. On February 1, 2003, the Columbia exploded as it was returning to Earth after 16 days in orbit. All seven members of the crew were killed. Ramon was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the only non-U.S. citizen recipient ever to receive that honor.
This is the final program in conjunction with the Jews in Space: Members of the Tribe in Orbit exhibition
Financially supported by the generosity of Lisa and Joshua Greer, Kepco, Inc. & the Kupferberg Foundation.Buy tickets/get more info now