KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FLA. - The VIP stand at KSC is filled with not only friends and families of the astronauts, but also representatives of Israel who came to support the first Israeli to fly on a Shuttle, Ilan Ramon. As a payload specialist, Ramon will take part in some of the research on the mission. He is also a colonel in the Israel Air Force. The 16-day research mission will include FREESTAR (Fast Reaction Experiments Enabling Science, Technology, Applications and Research) and the SHI Research Double Module (SHI/RDM), known as SPACEHAB. Experiments on the module range from material sciences to life sciences. This mission is the first Shuttle mission of 2003. Mission STS-107 is the 28th flight of the orbiter Columbia and the 113th flight overall in NASA's Space Shuttle program. (Photo Release Date: 01/16/2003 )

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