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Ramon diary on display

The Israel Museum will display pages from the shuttle diary of Ilan Ramon, the astronaut who died in the Columbia disaster.

Searchers found 37 pages of the diary in Texas two months after the space shuttle disintegrated upon reentry into the atmosphere in February 2003. NASA, the U.S. space agency, returned the diary to Ramon’s widow, Rona, who asked Israeli forensic experts to restore it.

Starting Sunday, the museum will display some of its pages, including the Kiddush prayer, transcribed by Ramon so he could read it at the onset of Shabbat.

Ramon was the first Israeli to fly into space.