From the depths of hell to the heights of space, this documentary tells the compelling, untold story of a crewmember’s determination to fulfill his “mission within a mission” aboard the space shuttle Columbia. Learn how and why a small Torah scroll that survived the Holocaust was entrusted to Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon as he lifted into space on Columbia’s ultimately ill-fated flight. (Source: PBS)
The story of Israeli astronaut and Columbia crew member Ilan Ramon (1954-2003), who carried into space a miniature Torah scroll given to Israeli scientist Joachim "Yoya" Joseph during a secret Bar Mitzvah at the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen. The documentary includes archival NASA footage of the astronauts preparing for the ill-fated mission; and remarks from Ramon's widow, Rona, astronauts Garrett Reisman and Steve MacLean, and former Israeli prime minister Shimon Peres.