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Nasa honours Israeli astronaut killed on Columbia shuttle 15 years ago

Singer Tal Ramon travelled from Israel for a ceremony at the Kennedy Space Centre to honour his father who perished in 2003

Ilan Ramon
Ilan Ramon

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.

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