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Ilan Ramon

Israeli fighter pilot and later the first Israeli astronaut
Ilan Ramon

Colonel Ilan Ramon (Hebrew: אילן רמון‎, born Ilan Wolferman; June 20, 1954 - February 1, 2003) was an Israeli air force pilot and the only Israeli astronaut, and a national hero. He was a member of STS-107 mission crew and he died during Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.

His mother was a holocaust survivor (at Auschwitz concentration camp) and his father fought for Israeli independence. Ramon was married to activist Rona Ramon.

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