Ilan’s parents, who also became well-known figures in Israel during the Columbia mission, have since passed away.
On her way to Tuesday’s opening of the Annual International Ilan Ramon Space Conference, hosting 14 heads of space agencies from around the world, including NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Rona Ramon said Tuesday that she mostly felt pride in her family.
‘‘I'm surrounded by so many friends and so much support,’’ she said. ‘‘When I think of Ilan, the first thing I think about is his smile. That is his legacy.’’
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