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PAGE 12 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS Gil Mann Continued from page 7 Central Florida's Largest Selection of Office Furniture 70,000 square ft. showroom 2300 South Orange Avenue 407-316-0101 "Before Your Final Decision" Formerly Macy's Between Kaley and Michigan VALENTINE'S SPECIAL Recipe for great looking skin: Facial to cleanse and balance the skin Make up to enhance your natural beauty You'll be ready to Face the world. "TRUE COLORS" MAKE UP It's new, different, creative & versatile Blend and create any color you want Make up parties for all ages Terry Selis ALL ABOUT FACES 407 832-1893 freedom and your ability to do whatever you want to do because you are in your state within Israel. www.beingjewish.org: You mean your freedom as a Jew? ILAN: As a Jew. When you go out of Israel you suddenly feel how much the state of Israel is important for the Jewish communities and vice-versa by the way, I feel very much - very strongly how we in Israel - that live in Israel, need all the Jewish communities out of Israel. So from this point of view, it was very important and very very interesting to recognize this. www.beingjewish.org: I read in an article that you had asked that they provide you with kosher food even though you don't keep kosher. 1LAN: Right, I asked for kosher food because of the symbolic issue of it. And NASA is doing everything that they can do to provide it to me. www.beingjewish.org: That's very touching- both that you would do it and that NASA would respond 1LAN: Right. www.beingjewish.org: Are you planning to bring anything Jewish into space with you? ILAN: Of course, I will have the Israeli flag up there and I have some more symbolic things that I will carry with me. Some of them are going to represent the six million people that we lost in the Holocaust - some of them will probably symbolize some kind of the history of Israel- so yes, I am going to carry on with me, several symbolic things. www.beingjewish.org: When is your flight scheduled? ILAN: Right now it is scheduled for late May next year. www.beingjewish.or~: How many people will be going with you? ILAN: We are a crew of 7 people. www.beingjewish.org: Where are the others from? ILAN: They are all Americans - although one of them is originally from India. But she is an American. She lived here over 20 years. www.beingjewish.org: How long is the mission? ILAN: 16 days. It's a research mission. We will have on board dozens of experiments. All kinds of experiments - one of them will be the Israeli experiment. www.beingjewish.org: Which is what? 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You Will Need Target Marketing & Global Exposure I Expose your property to Sotheby's International audience! I We specialize[ We have the "fu:cury" Buyers/ moving with wind and weather in the atmos the Sahara desert over the Mediterranean sea and also0 Atlantic ocean. And those particles have a great global warming and cooling and also on precipitation' research is this. The tools or the instrument is camera that I will use. It will be mounted out compartment in the payload bay and I will use photos of these aerosols from space. www.beingjewish.org: I see. Are you a science this mission? ILAN: They call me a payload specialist. www.beingjewish.org: What does that mean? ILAN: Well, they have all kinds of l three kinds of astronauts. One kind is the pilots, the ones are called mission specialists and the third one a payload specialist. Now, the difference between a n and payload specialist is that the pat comes for special payload experiment and and that's it. The mission specialists are doing experiments and are career astronauts. In my case, special situation because I came here under the between NASA and the Israel Space Agency as specialist but I actually act like a mission am involved with all of the experiments that are on www.beingjewish.org: So, maybe you'll get to do; flight? 1LAN: Who knows, (laugh) it's not planned right www.beingjewish.org: It wouldn't upset you? ILAN: It wouldn't upset me - no. www.beingjewish.org: How have your wife reacted to this whole adventure? ILAN: For them it is a big adventure as well. state of Israel to live in the US is by itself a verY experiment, which is not so easy. Some of them did r a word in English and we just stuck them in they had to struggle their way through. www.beingjewish.org: Beyond that - how do the the whole astronaut training and the space travel? ILAN: They are excited as well and they more as time grows closer to the launch. www.beingjewish.org: Had anything happened to you as a part of this whole training ready for the trip? ILAN: Well, we have a lot of funny things going the crew. We are in the same office and we are golf a lot of training together so we are kind of a very but anything special (pause) www.beingjewish.org: Anything related to you raeli? ILAN: Not really - not really. www.beingjewish.org: How about politics - politics - do the astronauts from the other countries that at all or do you just do your business and stay out ILAN: We try to stay out of that. It's NASA's policy f involved in any politics but you know, 1~ together in the evening of course you talk www.beingjewish.org: Is there a way that a person track of the work you are doing? Is there to read about you? ILAN: There will be later. Actually there is one all it's kind of- because we are about a year before fully operated. www.beingjewish.org: Here's a final question for issue of our magazine for Rosh Hashanah is going communities all over North America. Is there special for Rosh Hashanah you would care to say Israeli who will be in outer space. ILAN: Yes, I think I can say to all the Jews here in America that the support I find here all across the communities for Israel is amazing. And it is ver tant for us in Israel and I really appreciate all you guys are giving us. And vice-versa, I know how state of Israel is important to you. So it's a kind interest for the Jewish community all one unity. I found it here while being its very warming and very important. www.beingjewish.org: Anything special message Rosh Hashanah. ILAN: Happy Rosh Hashanah - Happy New fully this coming year will be the year that I will you all from space and I'll be waiting for you all to me. www.beingjewish.org: You know we'll pride. 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