US and Israel Partners
By Yoram Ettinger
IN GRIEF AND FATE has been added to Shared Values, Mutual Threats
and Joint Interests, binding together the leader of the Free World,
the United States and its sole soul ally in the Mideast, Israel.
As President George W. Bush said to Prime Minister Sharon, a few
hours ago: "It is at moments such as these, that the hearts
of the American and Israeli peoples beat as one."
It is most
significance, that the shuttle tragedy has demonstrated President
Bush’s and the late Col. Ilan Ramon’s high regard for Judeo-Christian
values (per enclosed items).
are with the families of the fallen US and Israeli astronauts.
May their heroic mission be a modern day Pillar Of Fire, guiding
our two nations toward unprecedented achievements for mankind,
with renewed determination and tenacity.
George W. Bush:
fellow Americans, this day has brought terrible news and great
sadness to our country. At 9:00 a.m. this morning, Mission Control
in Houston lost contact with our Space Shuttle Columbia. A short
time later, debris was seen falling from the skies above Texas.
The Columbia is lost; there are no survivors.
was a crew of seven: Colonel Rick Husband; Lt. Colonel Michael
Anderson; Commander Laurel Clark; Captain David Brown; Commander
William McCool; Dr. Kalpana Chawla; and Ilan Ramon, a Colonel
in the Israeli Air Force. These men and women assumed great risk
in the service to all humanity.
age when space flight has come to seem almost routine, it is easy
to overlook the dangers of travel by rocket, and the difficulties
of navigating the fierce outer atmosphere of the Earth. These
astronauts knew the dangers, and they faced them willingly, knowing
they had a high and noble purpose in life. Because of their courage
and daring and idealism, we will miss them all the more.
today are thinking, as well, of the families of these men and
women who have been given this sudden shock and grief. You’re
not alone. Our entire nation grieves with you. And those you loved
will always have the respect and gratitude of this country.
in which they died will continue. Mankind is led into the darkness
beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing
to understand. Our journey into space will go on.
skies today we saw destruction and tragedy. Yet farther than we
can see there is comfort and hope. IN THE WORDS OF THE PROPHET
ISAIAH, "Lift your eyes and look to the heavens. Who created
all these? He who brings out the starry hosts one by one and calls
them each by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing."
Creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven
souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not
return safely to Earth; yet we can pray that all are safely home.
bless the grieving families, and may God continue to bless America.
January 31, 2003
Shuttle Crew Completes Israeli Dust and Cloud Studies
Jan. 30 — The Israeli experiment aboard the space shuttle
Columbia has accomplished its goals of studying the effects of
dust storms on weather and recording electrical phenomena atop
storm clouds, scientists said today.
from Tel Aviv University said their Mediterranean Israeli Dust
Experiment had gathered solid information on the plumes of dust
and other aerosol particles blown from deserts by storms before
being carried worldwide by high winds. The particles affect rain
production in clouds, deposit minerals in the ocean and scatter
sunlight that affects global warming, the scientists said.
experiment has worked without a hitch," Dr. Joachim Joseph,
a principal investigator, told a briefing at the National Aeronautics
and Space Administration. "We have very good data, very unique
multispectral instrument in the payload bay of the shuttle has
been scanning desert particles whipped into the atmosphere and,
at night, making images of the tops of some of the thousands of
thunderstorms that rumble through the atmosphere every hour.
nearing the end of a 16-day mission, is to return to the Kennedy
Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., on Saturday with its crew
of seven, including the first Israeli astronaut, Col. Ilan Ramon,
a combat pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
which had been delayed almost two years, finally went into orbit
at a time when storms in the Sahara that push dust into the Mediterranean
Sea are infrequent. But researchers said luck was with them and
they were able to obtain images of dust plumes. The first was
made on Sunday, blowing from the western coast of Africa into
the Atlantic. The big payoff was on Monday, on the last scheduled
pass over the Mideast.
last orbit over the Mediterranean," Dr. Joseph said, "we
got a nice dust storm over Israel. "We just lucked out."
said they had clear images of cloud-to-space lightning, called
sprites, and the first scientific pictures recorded from space
that show an elf, a luminous doughnut-shape electrical glow above
a thunderstorm that lasts less than a millisecond.
the successful science, the mission is important to Dr. Joseph
because COLONEL RAMON IS CARRYING A KEEPSAKE, A SMALL TORAH SCROLL
USED AT DR. JOSEPH’S BAR-MITZVAH ALMOST 60 YEARS AGO, WHILE HE
WAS IN A CONCENTRATION CAMP IN GERMANY. The elderly rabbi performing
the ceremony, who died soon afterward in the camp, gave the Torah
to the boy and told him to tell people what had occurred there.
said Colonel Ramon saw the Torah when visiting his house and was
so moved by the history that he asked to take it into space as
a tribute. In an interview from space last week with Israeli officials,
the astronaut displayed the Torah.
represents more than anything the ability of the Jewish people
to survive despite everything from horrible periods, black days,
to reach periods of hope and belief in the future," the colonel
the gesture from space, Dr. Joseph said, he feels he has finally
fulfilled his promise to the rabbi.