Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope

Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Front (L-R): Rick Husband, Kalpana Chawla, William McCool, Rear (L-R): David Brown, Laurel Clark, Michael Anderson, Ilan Ramon

Credit: Courtesy of NASA

Learn how and why Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon brought a Torah scroll on board the shuttle Columbia. Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope is the untold inspirational story of Colonel Ilan Ramon, a fighter pilot and son of Holocaust survivors who became the first and only astronaut from Israel, embarking on a mission with the most diverse shuttle crew ever to explore space. Ramon realized the significance of “being the first” and his journey of self-discovery turned into a mission to tell the world a powerful story about the resilience of the human spirit. Although the seven astronauts of the Columbia perished on February 1, 2003, a remarkable story of hope, friendship across cultures, and an enduring faith emerged. Directed by Daniel Cohen and produced by Christopher G. Cowen with Executive Producers Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, Space Shuttle Columbia: Mission of Hope airs Monday, February 4, 2013 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). 

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