It is with great sadness that the IAF has to inform about the tragic news that our esteemed colleague and dear friend Orna Marie Orshan passed away.
Orna was nominated to receive the IAF Distinguished Service Award at the upcoming Spring Meetings for her “extraordinary dedication and commitment, in service of the Federation, in various functions and roles; as the first representative of the Israel Space Agency membership in several leading IAF Committees. With outstanding professionalism, talent, innovation, creativity and personal determination and devotion, overcoming many setback and obstacles, Orna brought the IAC 2015 to Jerusalem, Israel. The IAC 2015 Congress in Jerusalem contributed much to Israel’s status within the global space community, highlighting Israel’s scientific capabilities as a start-up nation”.
Orna has been a strong independent voice, a source of great wisdom, and extraordinarily valuable IAF Committee Member. We will miss her.
Baruch Dayan Emet / ברוך דיין האמת