Israeli astronaut takes shmura matzo into space

ASTRONAUT Eytan Stibbe blasted through space to become the first Israeli to board the International Space Station.

The 64-year-old Israeli businessman paid $55 million for the adventure in the private charter flight with three other atronauts.

He docked at the station 21 hours after blast-off from the Kennedy space centre in Florida on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the Axiom mission 1.

Stibbe took with him a Pesach pack prepared by Chabad rabbi Zvi Konikov. It included shmura matzo and a wine cup.

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