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For first time, an Israeli is spacebound

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The space shuttle Columbia lifts off from Cape Canaveral Thursday on a research mission. Left, Rona Ramon and her daughter Nora, 5, attend an event Wednesday honoring husband and father Col. Ilan Ramon, who is onboard as Israel's first astronaut. Security was at an all-time high for the launch. The shuttle is due back Feb. 1.