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April 27, 2006
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NASA is looking into making its international space station amenable to Torah-observant astronauts. The space agency is planning to consult rabbis on issues such as determining the station’s position so Jews know where to face while praying; making kosher food available; and observing Shabbat in space, according to Yediot Achronot’s Ynet Web site. The space station is expected to host astronauts from other countries, and efforts have been made to include Israelis. Similar questions arose when Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon went to space. Ramon brought kosher food with him and is said to have kept Shabbat.

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