Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe bids adieu to space, heads back to Earth

After ten days on board the International Space Station, Israeli jock and crewmates prepare to embark on journey back home; 'We learned a lot, and I feel like I only just started,' he says
Yaron Druckman|
The International Space Station (ISS) team held a farewell ceremony for Eytan Stibbe, the second-ever Israeli astronaut, and his crewmates on Tuesday before they were expected to head back to Earth.
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  • Stibbe and three other astronauts lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, almost two weeks ago.
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    איתן סטיבה מתארח מהחלל באירוע "זיכרון בסלון" לקראת יום השואה
    איתן סטיבה מתארח מהחלל באירוע "זיכרון בסלון" לקראת יום השואה
    Israeli astronaut Eytan Stibbe in the International Space Station
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    Stibbe and his crewmates are expected to leave the ISS at 5am (Israel time) Wednesday, and land off the coast of Florida at the end of a 17-hour journey.
    The Israeli jock said that he arrived a few minutes late to the farewell ceremony because he wanted to see Israel from the space station for the last time. "I was late for the meeting because the space station just passed over Israel and the skies were clear, so it was fun to see Israel from north to south," Stibbe said.
    "The ten days I spent here were unique. The whole team gave a hand and helped each other with their activities and research. We learned a lot, and I feel like I only just started, and I'm ready to stay here for another month."
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    סטיבה מימין, עם כניסתו באיחור לטקס
    סטיבה מימין, עם כניסתו באיחור לטקס
    Eytan Stibbe (right, upside down) and fellow astronauts on board the International Space Station
    (Photo: NASA)
    Stibbe has been staying at the space station since April 9, after the SpaceX 'Dragon 2' vessel carried him and his crewmates to space, and docked at the ISS after a 20-hour-plus flight.
    Stibbe also celebrated Passover from space and wished a happy holiday to Israelis via a video message.
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