5: Jewish Moments in Space Tourism, 2021

Space Midrash
Space Midrash
5: Jewish Moments in Space Tourism, 2021

2021 saw rocket launches almost every other day. Among those launches, there were three poignant moments that involve Jewish people and Jewish objects.

September 16, 2021 – Inspiration4 SpaceX mission chartered and led by Jared Issacman, a Jewish businessman and philanthropist.

October 13, 2021 – William Shatner, 90 year old Jewish Actor famous for his role as Captain Kirk, rides upon a Blue Origin rocket and waxes poetic upon return.

December 11, 2021 – Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of pilot Alan Shepard – the first American in space, carries a “Live Long and Prosper” pendant on behalf of Julie Nimoy, daughter of actor Leonard Nimoy – the first vulcan.

Episode Breakdown:
[1:26] Jacob explains Jewish Space Age Leadership
[3:04] Julie Nimoy sends Spock Pendant with Blue Origin
[3:57] Laura Shepard Churchly happily accepts request
[5:14] Symbolic meaning of pendant
[6:25] Blue Origin marketing plan
[6:50] Shatner as space storyteller
[7:05] Shatner’s words upon returning
[8:30] Inspiration4 Mission
[9:21] Inspiration4 Crew

Related Articles:

Profile on Jared Issacman https://www.cnbc.com/2021/10/12/spacex-inspiration4-commander-jared-isaacman-qa.html
Profiles of 9 Jewish Astronauts including Isaacman: https://www.kveller.com/9-jewish-astronauts-who-have-boldly-gone-to-space

Wikipedia List of Jewish Astronauts (including Issacman and Shatner): https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Jewish_astronauts

Brief on Julie Nimoy sending her pendant https://www.space.com/blue-origin-star-trek-leonard-nimoy-llap-necklace

Review of Shatner’s trip and reaction https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/celebrities/2021/10/13/william-shatner-blue-origin-launch-star-trek-actor-oldest-space/8434551002/

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