The three-day Ilan Ramon Space Conference will open, Tuesday, in Herzliya, featuring experts from around the world. This year's conference will mark the 10th anniversary of Ramon's death, when the space shuttle Columbia disentegrated on re-entry. Ramon was Israel's first astronaut. He also took part in Israel's destruction of the Osirak nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981. Among the opening events of the conference will be the awarding of scholarships in his memory.
Administrator Charles Bolden of the United States' National Aeronautics and Space Administration will talk about the future of space exploration. Other sessions will deal with making space flight safer, space and Israel's security, and international cooperation in space, among other topics.