Sunday 31 July, 2016  7.30pm to 9.30pm
Churchill Auditorium
Open to public upon registration

Panelists: Rona Ramon (Ramon Foundation, Chairman Board of Directors), Jonathan Clark (Baylor College of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Space Medicine), Doug Hamilton (University of Calgary, Associate Professor, former flight Surgeon for the Canadian Space Agency), John Connolly (ISU, SSP Director, NASA Exploration Missions and Systems)

Space shuttle Columbia's STS-107 mission was a milestone for space life science, but the mission's vast accompishments were overshadowed by the mission's tragic end.  Embedded within this mission are may human stories - not only of the crew, but of the thousands of people on Earth whom the mission touched. 

This exceptional panel brings together four individuals who will share their human stories of Columbia's last mission.  Rona Ramon and Jon Clark shared the most personal connection to the mission, their spouses, Israeli Air Force officer Ilan Ramon and NASA astronaut Laurel Clark, were two of the crewmembers lost on the flight.  Doug Hamilton was a flight surgeon who worked with the crew and participated in their recovery, and John Connolly led one of the many teams who searched 3000 square kilometers of east Texas to recover the remains of shuttle itself.  The human stories of Columbia range from the seven familes of the STS-107 crew, to the mission's flight controllers, and support staff, to the 22,000 individuals would take part in the largest search and recovery in spaceflight history. 

The number of individuals touched by the loss of the seven crewmembers made the Columbia mission a truly human story.

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SSP16 Host Institution

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Technion City, Haifa, Israel

The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was founded in 1912 in Haifa and is the oldest university in Israel and the Middle East. The university offers degrees in science and engineering, and related fields such as architecture, medicine, industrial management and education.

The Technion is a science and technology research university, among the world’s top universities, dedicated to the creation of knowledge and the development of human capital and leadership, for the advancement of the State of Israel and all humanity.

The Technion is noted as a global pioneer in multidisciplinary research into fields including energynanotechnology, and life science.

The Technion has 4 Nobel Laureates, a graduate and 3 faculty members.

More about the SSP16 host institution:
Welcome to Technion
Technion Map in English (PDF)
SSP16 Campus map



The SSP16 is supported at different levels. ISU would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

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Local Sponsors


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Major Sponsors

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Program Supported By

China Space Foundation   ESA

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