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Space Exploration

Did Red Bull Stratos Break a Halakhic Barrier? Did Red Bull Stratos Break a Halakhic Barrier?
Friday, November 2, 2012 by Shlomo M. Brody | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Not long ago, much of the world watched as Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner jumped to earth in a record-setting free fall that broke the sound barrier.
Mensch in the Moon Mensch in the Moon
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Josh Gelernter | Jewish Ideas Daily » Daily Features

Right now there are two Americans aboard the International Space Station, and their only way home is to hitch a ride in the Russians' Soyuz capsule, a ramshackle remnant of the 1960s. There's no space shuttle to bring them home because the shuttle's been retired; also retired are plans for an American return to the moon.
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Tel Aviv, We Have Lift-Off David Shamah, Times of Israel. SpaceIL is determined to make Israel the fourth country in the world to land a vessel on the moon—and plans to do it by 2015.
skyTran! Abigail Klein Leichman, ISRAEL21c. While Jerusalem has taken a decade to build a tramline, Tel Aviv is set to be the first city in the world to pilot NASA's space-age rapid transport system.  
One Small Step Michael Pitkowsky, Menachem Mendel. Neil Armstrong was more excited to walk the stairs leading to Jerusalem’s Temple than to walk on the moon.
Sabbath in Space, Communion on the Moon Rebecca J. Rosen, Atlantic. Why is our secular endeavor of space exploration flush with religious observance?