Nasa has honoured the seven astronauts killed aboard shuttle Columbia 15 years ago, with a special musical tribute by the son of Israel’s first astronaut.
Singer and songwriter Tal Ramon travelled from Israel for Thursday’s ceremony at Kennedy Space Centre.
It was just his second trip back since his father was killed on February 1 2003.
All seven astronauts, including Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, died when Columbia shattered in the skies over Texas, just minutes before a Florida touchdown.
Mr Ramon performed two of his own songs.
He later joined relatives of other astronauts killed over the decades, placing yellow, orange and pink roses at the Space Mirror Memorial. In all, 24 names are engraved in the large granite monument.
Today we honor and remember the crew of STS-107 who died in the Columbia accident in 2003 (left to right below): David Brown, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, Willie McCool, and Ilan Ramon #NASARemembers #DayOfRemembrance pic.twitter.com/svlkrYD3oZ
— NASA History Office (@NASAhistory) January 25, 2018
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