My only trip to Israel was as a member of the NASA/Air Force Leonid MAC 99 mission to study the expected outburst of the Leonid meteor shower. I was assigned to the NASA jet, ARIA. On the night of November 16/17 we flew from the Royal Air Force base in Mildenhall, England, to Tel Aviv. It was considered our first mission night, as we monitored the cameras pointing out almost every window of the jet. We arrived in Tel Aviv, a few hours after sunrise. I took a few photos of the city from the air as we passed overhead on our way to Ben Gurion Airport. We were then taken to our hotel and instructed to sleep most of the day, so that we would remain awake that night, November 17/18, which was the main mission night. I had a beautiful view of the Mediterranean Sea out the window of my hotel room. I opened both windows and fell asleep in the ocean breeze. I awoke late in the evening, with the sun fairly low in the west. With another member of my team, we walked along the beach and I took a number of photos. We had no time to explore Tel Aviv, as we had a dinner planned at Picasso's, not far from our hotel and then had to go to our planes to prepare for the main mission night.



The Mediterranean Sea from my hotel room. (1999).


The beach in Tel Aviv (1999).


The beach in Tel Aviv (1999).


Sunset over the Mediterranean Sea (1999).