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The goal of the space week is to make space in particular and science in general accessible to young people

This is what the Director of the Israel Space Agency at the Ministry of Science, Menachem Kidron, said at the opening of Space Week at the space exhibition held at the Port of Tel Aviv

A production line for satellite products at the Elbit-Alup company. Photography: the department of photography in Bezalel
A production line for satellite products at the Elbit-Alup company. Photography: the department of photography in Bezalel

The Director of the Israel Space Agency, Menachem Kidron, explained in a conversation with the science website that the purpose of Space Week is to make the topic of space accessible to young people, with the aim of raising the next generation of space enthusiasts and scientists here. He concluded that "it's quite easy for us because the topic is fascinating".

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said in a videotaped speech that he showed the Prime Minister of Canada during their visit to Yad Vashem the drawing of the Earth's view from the moon as drawn during the Holocaust by a child in the Trasenstadt concentration camp. "Ilan thought it represented the story of our nation's life from the ashes of the concentration camps to an astronaut ascending to the limitless sky. Ilan was everything beautiful in the country. Raised four children together with his wife Rona. His eldest son Assaf followed in his footsteps as a pilot, but unfortunately also when he fell on duty."
"As part of the Space Week events, we will surpass the achievements and discuss the future challenges. Halal can serve as a factor that will help promote many fields."
The Minister of Science, Technology and Space also gave a recorded speech: "One of the first decisions in my position as minister was to strengthen and emphasize the space field as part of the tasks. I believe that the research and development in the field of space deserves support from both the public and the governmental side. In recent years, Israel has become a real powerhouse in the field of space, and the influence of Israeli developments can be found in fields such as plotting, advanced communications, forecasting, and security."
After mentioning the memory of Ilan Ramon and naming the space week events in his memory, Minister Perry said: "The ministry will continue and strengthen the support for the development of innovative and high-quality space technologies, the development of the reserve of scientists and engineers, and the entire field of space is accessible to every citizen in Israel."

Rona Ramon, Ramon's widow and chairman of the Ramon Foundation said: "The period is a confusing period of mixed emotions, along with the great sorrow and a sort of countdown to these dates. I participate in events throughout the country where space has become a common language, a world full of permission. The nickname of Space Week, the definition makes me proud because where did it start? After the accident, I received a promise from NASA that every year at the memorial there will be representatives of dear friends who come to commemorate the astronauts and so it was that the first year I came from Arabia alone, my children stayed for another ceremony organized by NASA, I enrolled my children in the school in Blich, and I asked my friend to enter the robotics class at the school We moved from class to class, from a hospital. And I was waiting for it to pass into the traditional hands of the Ministry of Science and become a national discourse."
"The Ramon Foundation, which I founded 3 years ago, deals with the issue of education, and the space conference in collaboration with the Fisher Institute, has grown and grown and acquired a reputation among the agencies all over the world, a source of pride and all the work is exciting, this legacy that focuses on the same amazing sentence - Ilan Ilan Meh I will bless you that all your plantings are as good as you. "

As mentioned, one of the highlights of Space Week is an exhibition of photographs projected in Pavilion 11 in the Tel Aviv Port and on external walls in the port from three sources: an astronomical photography competition, photographs taken from the space station by the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and photographs by the students of the photography department in Bezalala who visited the satellite sites of the defense industries, in the company ImageSat and the Technion and gave their own interpretation to space photographs and spacecraft.

Miki Kretsman, head of the photography department at Bezalel said that the field of digital photography and in particular photography from space is an important chapter in the history of photography. "Digital photography today makes visual communication accessible to everyone. As far as photography from space is concerned, it is important to understand that this is an ambiguous relationship. We look at space (in astronomical observations) and space looks at us, such as the fact that anyone can watch us on Google Earth," explained Kretzman. "Art departments are lagging behind the engineering and technology departments, so we established a joint program with computer science in Givat Ram. We are also investigating the capabilities of Google glasses."

Raz Tamir, head of nanosatellites at the Israel Aerospace Industries' Mabte Halal plant, provided an interesting point of view: "For the first time, Israel Aerospace Industries opened up its combination structure to photographers who bring completely different angles than what I am used to seeing. When I look now at the places I'm used to working in, they look completely different. There is an educational purpose here: making the content accessible. We support, among other things, the Duchift satellite that trains students in Herzliya, and we even invite teenagers to us to contribute to the growth of the field of science in Israel and also so that these children will grow up and maybe eventually come to work for us."

Ofer Doron, the plant's manager, added that "we invest a lot not only in the technological side but also in the educational side. The direction of the Israeli Space Week in recent years that brings it to the youth is fantastic, we would love to see hundreds and thousands of children throughout the year at our facilities and I hope we will see many space scientists in 20 years who saw space for the first time here." About the works of the Bezalel students, he said with a smile: "Our satellites have never looked so beautiful."

The Director General of the Ministry of Science Bina Bar-On chose to refer to the state's capabilities in her opening remarks - "Israel is considered a power in the field of space. It has the ability to build and launch satellites. This is the opportunity to bring science closer to the community and to instill in young and old people the desire to push the boundaries to the sky and to the stars. We believe that by exposure among the next generation we will be able to produce the standard bearers of Ilan Ramon's successors."

During the exhibition, as mentioned, an application using Google Glass was presented. Shalu Moran, a curator of games and digital art, and the Levia company that developed the application presented a game in which barcodes were hidden throughout the exhibition and when the user views them with the Google Glass glasses, he watches a video compiled from the displayed images. "Their use is similar to a cell phone with voice activation" Moran explained.

In addition to the exhibition being screened at the Tel Aviv port, Space Week events also include the screening of free space films in cinemas, the opening of observatories across the country, lectures and the highlight event - the Ilan Ramon Space Conference which will be held on Wednesday and Thursday in Herzliya in collaboration with the Fisher Institute, and will host astronauts and senior officials from space agencies and industries from all over the world.

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