Sherman Remembers Ilan Ramon and Mourns Loss of Space Shuttle
DC] — Congressman Brad Sherman today mourned the loss of the
Space Shuttle Columbia crew, remembering Israel’s hero, Colonel
Ilan Ramon who visited the San Fernando Valley on August 26 and
we were met with a tragic reminder that as we pioneer the reaches
beyond our earth, we tempt unearthly risks. My heart goes out
to the families of the Columbia crew, and to the men and women
of NASA. People all over the world share in their grief and suffering,"
Columbia crew embraced their challenge with phenomenal spirit
and courage. And as Ilan Ramon is a hero to Israel, the bravery
of the Columbia crew and the boldness of their mission will continue
to inspire the world; their sacrifice will be remembered."
to know Ilan Ramon when he and his wife Rona came to visit my
district as my guests in August 2000. Ilan was an inspiration
to all of us who believe that the future of humankind includes
space, and to all of us who support a close U.S.-Israel relationship.
I was proud to show Ilan the Boeing Rocketdyne facility in Canoga
Park, where the engines for all the space shuttles are made. Ilan
was generous with his time and was our keynote speaker at a town
meeting at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills."
2000, Ilan Ramon visited the Los Angeles area at the request of
Congressman Brad Sherman to discuss issues concerning national
security and space exploration needs of Israel and the United
He and Sherman
toured Boeing’s Rocketdyne facility in Canoga Park, where the
reusable space shuttle engines are built. The international collaborative
nature of today’s space program was highlighted, as astronauts
from around the world are thoroughly versed in the workings of
Rocketdyne engines during their systems training. With over 5,000
employees, Boeing is the largest private employer in the West
San Fernando Valley.
joined Sherman at a special town hall meeting, Sunday afternoon
at Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills.