Ilan Ramon was Israel’s first astronaut and former Israel Defense Forces fighter pilot, who participated in the 1981 bombing raid of the Iraqi nuclear reactor in Osirak, Iraq.
Ramon was born in Israel in 1954. In 1987, he received a B.Sc. in electronics and computer engineering from the Tel Aviv University. Prior to his studies, Ramon served in the Israel Air Force where he graduated as a fighter pilot. During his service in the IAF, Ramon fought in the 1973 Yom Kippur War and the 1982 Lebanon War.