This week we went on a trip to the South of Israel for two days, and as part of the trip we visited the Museum in honor of Ilan Ramon in Mitzpe Ramon. Ilan was the first Israeli astronaut who ever traveled into space, on the Space Shuttle Columbia that was launched on January 16, 2003. The seven astronauts died on February 1, 2003, when the Columbia broke apart during reentry into the atmosphere. Ilan was 48 at the time.

During our tour in the museum, we watched documentaries about Ilan. In them, I saw the huge risk that Ilan was taking and the impacts that it had on him as well as on his family (of which I know personally) later on. So many colleagues of him suggested that he should return home from Nasa and fulfill his duty as an IDF Air Force pilot, but instead of listening to them he followed his heart and his beliefs and in the end, he truly fulfilled his lifelong dream.

I started to compare Ilan’s mission to our mission at EMIS. We are also experiencing and developing a new method of education in Israel, and frankly we do have people that are against us and our mission. But if we won’t be the first ones to have the courage and “guts” to experiment with this approach, then who will? In order for a legacy to start, or anything to start for that matter, there’s always a first- a starting point.

Ilan Ramon is sincerely appreciated by the population of Israel and by me especially, for his audacity to do the undone. Let’s hope that EMIS will be appreciated and respected for trying to achieve the same goal.

Written by Ophyr Hanan

Edited by Alisa Rasch