Eytan Stibbe (pronounced STEE-buh) is a 63-year-old former Israeli fighter pilot, fighter ace, businessman, and future private astronaut. Stibbe will be blasting off into space next October, as part of history’s first all-civilian mission. (He’ll be Israel’s second astronaut in space after the late Ilan Ramon, who perished in the 2003 shuttle Columbia disaster.) Sibbe will bring 44 Israeli-developed research experiments with him to the International Space Station. Reportedly, Stibbe is self-financing his space adventure to the tune of $50 million.
Quote: “While in space for 10 days, Stibbe will run a series of experiments created by Israeli start-ups, universities, and hospitals. Most of the experiments are not for space-related technologies, but will test conditions in space that may lead to technological, scientific and medical breakthroughs that will influence human life on earth — and perhaps beyond.”
Sources: Wikipedia, The Jerusalem Post
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