Ilan Ramon

The first Israeli astronaut.

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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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Jeremy Moses

Jeremy Moses is the Editorial Fellow at He has a BA in American History and Modern Jewish Studies from McGill University. He served as the advisor for United Synagogue Youth in Montreal. He spent two summers working as a Unit Head at Camp Ramah in Canada.