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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-07-01

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Friday, July 1, 1983 29

Jewish Astronaut May Realize Childhood Dream Aboard Shuttle

Re-printed from
The Jewish Veteran

cording to Hoffman. He has
an insatiable love for sports
From formal, classical as-
and enjoys skiing, moun-
tronomy to rocket ships, as-
taineering, hiking, bicycl-
tronaut
Dr. Jeffrey
ing and sailing. He said he
Hoffman, 38, has been in-
enjoys science fiction, not
terested in space and stars
surprisingly, and books
since he was a child.
about religion "with a
Joining the National
philosophical bent to
Aeronautics and Space Ad-
them."
ministration (NASA)
Hoffman attended high
"seemed to be a natural
school in Scarsdale, N.Y.
thing to do . . . something I
and graduated summa cum
wanted to be part of," said
laude with his BA degree in
Hoffman.
astronomy from Amherst
Hoffman is unique in that
College in 1966. In 1971, he
he is one of two Jewish as-
received a doctorate of phi-
DR. JEFFREY HOFFMAN losophy in astrophysics
tronauts. His Jewish col-
league Judith Resnick, one most that an agency re- from Harvard.
of eight women in the space sponsible for flying man
Hoffman -was working as
program, is eligible with into space would actually an astronomer in the Center
Hoffman for a mission as- hire someone who has for Space Research at the
signment at any time.
never flown a plane, but Massachusetts Institute of
It may seem ironic to that is exactly what hap- Technology when he
pened with Hoffman. learned that NASA was
Amused with the seeming looking for astronauts. He
FACIAL HAIR
he explained was one of 8,000 applicants,
PERMANENTLY ambiguity,
that actual flight experi- and one of the 35 selected to
REMOVED
ence was unnecessary for join the space program in
Eyebrows, Neckline, Arms
him because he was hired 1978.,
Recommended by Physicians
as a mission specialist,
Upon joining NASA,
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not a pilot. He has always Hoffman received basic
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been fond of parachuting instruction in space
Registered Electrologist
and NASA has since physics and astronautics
taught him to fly.
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worked closely with
Columbia's flight crews
and was at mission con-
trol during the space
shuttle's last flight.
His excitement and op-
timism, however, are often
tempered by the obvious
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for such a long time — a
feeling of being basically in
a new world. I want to know
what it's like to liVe free of
gravity — weightless — for
an extended period of time
. . . to know the feeling of
being off the Earth," he
said.
Hoffman says that in the
future the space shuttle will
be used to bring relief crews
up to a permanent opera-
tions base that will be con-
ducting experiments and
analyzing data with equip-
ment and computers aboard
the space station instead of
sending the information
down to Earth.
Although the idea of a
permanent habitation in
space is not new, it is still
in the form of a proposal.
Hoffman says that this is
the next step in the space
program and that studies
indicate that crews will
remain for approx-
imately three months in
orbit. In addition, the
space station will make
travel to other planets
and a return to the moon
possible, according to
Hoffman.
Space exploration is also
moving in a new direction
according to Hoffman.
Space Services, Inc., a Texas
firm with former astronaut
Donald Slayton as the vice
chairman, hopes to be
launching satellites for pri-
vate industry by .1985.
Their goal is to provide
quick and inexpensive
transportation for com-
panies wanting to put up
their own satellites.
"There are a tremendous
number of entrepreneurs
involved in space," Hoffman
says. "If a permanent
presence is ever to be estab-
lished in space, private
enterprise must be in-
terested. There's a guaran-
tee of future space activity
when people are convinced
that there's a profit to be
made in space. People are
putting their money where

Education Tax Rescinded

. TEL AVIV (JTA) — The
Romanian government has
rescinded a recent law that
required all persons emig-
rating from Romania to
repay the state for the
higher education they had
received at its expense, the
Israeli newspaper Maariv
reported.
The tax affected mainly
Jews immigrating to Israel,
a large number of whom
hold academic degrees.
Romanians leaving for the
United States and West
Germany were also af-
fected. All have now been
relieved of that obligation
following protests by the Is-
raeli, U.S. and German gov-
ernments to President
Nicolai Ceausescu of
Romania.
A second ruling, accord-
ing to Maariv, allows
emigres to pay the export
tax on personal possessions
when they leave in Roma-
nian currency instead of

Comedienne Joan Rivers
was born Joan Molinsky.

dollars as previously re-
quired.

S 444

their dreams are."
Dreams like these of the
business entrepreneurs re-
semble the ones that Jeffrey
Hoffman has had since he
was six years old. His sons,
Samuel, 7, and Orin, 3, are
very much aware that their

father is an astronaut and
have similar dreams to
those of their father when
he was their age. Samuel
has already informed his
father, "I would like to fly
with you!" Maybe someday
he will.

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