Apollo, Challenger, Columbia: Thinking Back - Looking Ahead, New Moon Rising
"At the end of the event, Rona Ramon, Ilan's widow, spoke last. Steeling her emotions with grace and clarity, she spoke elegantly and briefly. She thanked all for coming. And then she talked of her husband, and the flight of the lost shuttle. "Our mission in space is not over, "she told the hushed audience. "He was the first Israeli in space that means there will be more."
"Israel would like to send another astronaut to participate in an expedition by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Benny Elon, chairman of the Knesset Science and Technology Committee, told members of a NASA delegation visiting Israel."
Editor's note: Of course, the answer to Israel should be an emphatic "yes".
NASA to mark 5 years since Ramon's death, Jerusalem Post
"Five years after the Columbia space shuttle broke up over Texas, a delegation of NASA astronauts and a scientist will attend a memorial conference for Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon and the six other crew members who died."
Challenger disaster 22 years ago Monday, Boston Herald
"On Monday, Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., introduced legislation to honor the shuttle crew. "The crew of the Challenger embodied the goals of the United States space program: a commitment to knowledge of our universe and inspiring a new generation of scientific pioneers," Hodes said."