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  Shvat 17, 5773 , 28/01/13

NASA Chief: Chances Good for Another Israeli Astronaut

Administrator Charles Bolden of the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration said, Monday, that there was a good chance of there being another Israeli astronaut in the future. Interviewed by Kol Yisrael government radio, the former astronaut said he doesn't think it will be possible to send an Israeli to the International Space Station because the Jewish state is not a participant in the program, but the possibility of an Israeli astronaut would be in the next decade, with progress toward missions into deep space.

Bolden is visiting Israel for the Israel Space Agency's annual Space Week conference on the 10th anniversary of the death of Israel's first astronaut, Ilan Ramon in the breakup of the space shuttle Columbia upon re-entry. He said that NASA and Israel are looking for more avenues of cooperation, including satellites for the study of climate change.

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