This video [01:53], published by the official YouTube channel of the State of Israel, commemorates Ilan Ramon, the first Israeli astronaut. Ramon was killed along with his other crew members during the re-entry of the Columbia space shuttle into Earth’s atmosphere, on February 1, 2003. The son of two Holocaust survivors, Ramon proudly represented Israel, taking with him symbolic Jewish items: the Israeli flag, the Israeli Declaration of Independence, and a miniature Torah scroll which survived the Holocaust. Ramon’s bravery, sacrifice, and love of Israeli live on, serving as an inspiration for future generations.
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