The first Israeli astronaut.spot Jerusalem, and while looking at Jerusalem our capital I prayed just one short prayer - 'Shema Israel Adonai Elohenou Adonai Echad.'"
On February 1, 2003, after 16 days in orbit, the crew from Columbia was returning to Earth, when the shuttle exploded during re-entry over Texas, killing all eight members of the crew, including Ramon.
Ramon was posthumously awarded the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He is the only non-U.S. citizen recipient ever to receive that honor.
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