Rona Ramon holding a picture of Ilan Ramon with a copy of the "Moon Landscape" before his mission to space in 2003; also in the picture NASA Astronaut Tom Marsburn and his wife Ann, who are attending the Israel Space Week events..
(photo credit: DANIEL BABCZYK/YAD VASHEM)
The drawing that the late Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon took to space with him is making another trip with an American astronaut, Israel´s Holocaust Center Yad Vashem announced Thursday, on the 15th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster in which Ramon died.
Astronaut Andrew “Drew” Feustel will take a copy of child Holocaust victim Petr Ginz’s “Moon Landscape” on his upcoming mission to the International Space Station.
At an event held at Bar Ilan University during Science Week on Wednesday, Yad Vashem Chairman Avner Shalev presented Ilan Ramon´s wife Rona Ramon
with a copy of the drawing and an additional one to send to Feustel.
Feustel said: “Ilan Ramon and I worked together for a short period of time prior to 2003. I was touched when I discovered that Ilan planned to take Petr Ginz’s illustration to space, as we have close family and friends in the Czech Republic. I feel honored to commemorate Petr, Ilan and all the victims of the Holocaust in this way.”
Thursday would have been the 90th birthday of Ginz, who was killed in Auschwitz at the age of 16.