Astronaut Ilan Ramon felt as a representative of the Jewish people:
· He took into space a mezuzah with a Star of David, a microfiche of the Bible and a tiny Torah scroll.
· He used to carry a Star of David on his shirtsleeve.
· He was not religious but he decided to eat kosher food in space.
Rabbi Shraga Simmons wrote:
After the tragedy, I saw an editorial cartoon that depicted a father and son, gazing at the night sky. Seven stars dotted the heavens -- six regular stars, and one Star of David. As the father placed his arm around the boy's shoulder, he pointed to the Star of David and explained: "That one is Ilan Ramon.