In this 20 January, 2003, file photo, shows the seven astronauts who died on 1 February, 2003, when Columbia shattered in the skies over Texas, just minutes before a Florida touchdown.
Singer and songwriter Tal Ramon joined a few hundred others at Kennedy Space Center to remember the Columbia crew and other astronauts killed in the line of duty over the decades.
At Kennedy, NASA’s first female space shuttle commander, Eileen Collins, now retired and board chairman of the Astronauts Memorial Foundation , noted next Wednesday will mark the 60th anniversary of the liftoff of America’s first satellite.
Among those attending the Kennedy tribute were family members of four early astronauts killed in plane crashes in the 1960s: Charles Bassett II, Elliot See Jr., Clifton Williams Jr. and Michael Adams, who reached the edge of space in his X-15.
He performed the title song from his album “Character”—“Dmut” in Hebrew—which is dedicated to his father and older brother Assaf, a pilot in the Israeli Air Force who died in a jet crash in 2009.
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