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        4/22/2011, Nissan 18, 5771

      Ramon Experiments to be Repeated on Endeavor


      Two of the experiments performed by Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon on the ill-fated shuttle Columbia will be repeated on the space shuttle Endeavor's next flight, scheduled for next week, according to Kol Yisrael government radio. One experiment will test the endurance and reproductive powers of pro-biotic bacteria in weightless conditions for mixing them into the food given to astronauts on extended flights. The second experiment will try to determine why the disintegration of bone cells in weightless conditions is ten times greater than on the earth's surface.

      While Israel is paying for the preparation of the experiments, the United States is paying the cost of taking them into space.