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Israel astronaut diary on display

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Pages from the diary of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut killed when the space shuttle Columbia burnt up in 2003, are going on display in Jerusalem.

Thirty-seven pages of Ramon's fragile diary survived the inferno which destroyed the shuttle as it attempted to re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

While most pages have been returned to Ramon's family, two are now being exhibited at the Israel Museum.

Ramon, 48 and Israel's first astronaut, was one of seven crew members killed.

The shuttle broke up during re-entry because of a catastrophic heat shield failure.

Damaged by a broken piece of insulating foam during lift-off at the Kennedy Space Center, the heat shield on the leading edge of the shuttle's left wing failed to cope with the intense temperatures of re-entry.

The Columbia broke up during its attempt at re-entry, killing all on board and disintegrating into countless parts, small and large, before falling to Earth over the US state of Texas.

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Pages from the diary of Ilan Ramon, the Israeli astronaut killed when the space shuttle Columbia burnt up in 2003, are going on display in Jerusalem.

Thirty-seven pages of Ramon's fragile diary survived the inferno which destroyed the shuttle as it attempted to re-enter Earth's atmosphere.

While most pages have been returned to Ramon's family, two are now being exhibited at the Israel Museum.

Ramon, 48 and Israel's first astronaut, was one of seven crew members killed.

The shuttle broke up during re-entry because of a catastrophic heat shield failure.

Damaged by a broken piece of insulating foam during lift-off at the Kennedy Space Center, the heat shield on the leading edge of the shuttle's left wing failed to cope with the intense temperatures of re-entry.

The Columbia broke up during its attempt at re-entry, killing all on board and disintegrating into countless parts, small and large, before falling to Earth over the US state of Texas.

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Poignant, to say the least.

I'd love to read them....

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They also carried a picture of the moon's surface drawn by a child Holocaust victim. Ironic, and very, very sad.

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They also carried a picture of the moon's surface drawn by a child Holocaust victim. Ironic, and very, very sad.

Yep...agreed, Captain...

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