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Ilan Ramon
אילן רמון
Ilan Ramon, NASA photo portrait
ISA astronaut
Nationality Israel
Born June 20, 1954
Ramat Gan, Israel
Died February 1, 2003(2003-02-01) (aged 48)
Over Texas
Previous occupation Fighter pilot
Rank Colonel, Israeli Air Force
Time in space 15d 22h 20m
Selection 1996 NASA Group
Missions STS-107
Mission insignia

Colonel Ilan Ramon (Hebrew: אילן רמון, born Ilan Wolferman; June 20, 1954 - February 1, 2003) was an Israeli pilot and the first Israeli astronaut and Israeli national hero. Ramon was the space shuttle payload specialist of STS-107, the fatal mission of Columbia, in which he and six other crew members were killed in the re-entry accident. At 48, he was the oldest member of the crew.

Ramon is the only foreign recipient of the United States Congressional Space Medal of Honor, which he was awarded posthumously. His mother survived holocaust (at Auschwitz concentration camp) and his father fought for Israeli independence.

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