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  Tears in India and Israel for lost heroes
Updated 02 February 2003, 15.04
Children pay their respects to their space hero
India and Israel have been paying tribute to the seven astronauts killed in the space shuttle Columbia disaster on Saturday.

Among the crew was 41-year-old Kalpana Chawla who was born in India, but became an American citizen.

Hundreds of shocked family and friends in the town of Karnal where Kalpana was born, went back to her old school to pray and lay flowers in front of her photograph.

They remember how she used to stand on the verandah when she was little and stare at the stars for hours, wishing she was there.

Kalpana was a role-model to young people in India and was thought of as a hero.

She had always been proud of her Indian roots but had recently said:

"When you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel that you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system."

Jewish pride

Israeli teenagers pause in front of Ilan's photo
Israeli teenagers pause in front of Ilan's photo

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has also paid his respects to the country's first astronaut who also died, Ilan Ramon.

He was a hero there and many saw him as a positive symbol after more than two years of conflict with the Palestinians.

All day, world leaders have been sending their messages of respect and sadness to the US president, George W Bush as investigations go on to find out what happened.

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