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Monday, January 16, 2017
Ilan Ramon, first Israeli astronaut, launches in 2003
Ilan Ramon, NASA's first Israeli astronaut, blasted off in the Space Shuttle Columbia January 16, 2003. Unfortunately, it would be his only mission, since just 16 days later, Ramon perished along with six fellow astronauts when the Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry.
His mother and grandmother were holocaust survivors, having survived Auschwitz.