Rona Ramon, the widow of Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon and mother of pilot Asaf Ramon, among torch lighters.
Thirteen years on from Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, remains of the experiment Ramon conducted in space have been returned to his homeland.
David Baker, who worked on the space shuttle program, told the BBC the Atlantis was available for a daring mission fraught with its own danger.
Rona Ramon still looks for "meaning in life" despite suffering two losses; her husband Ilan Ramon and her oldest son, Asaf, who followed in his father's footsteps as an Israeli air force fighter pilot.
The Science and Technology Ministry stated that initial talks with international bodies were recently begun to look into the possibility and implications of training an Israeli astronaut.
A new bill would bar media from photographing families for the first 48 hours after receiving notification of their loved one’s death.