The audacious rescue plan that might have saved Columbia (and been NASA’s finest hour)
Beautiful account of how Columbia was lost, and a detailed proposal for an unprecedented, heroic rescue mission that could have maybe, possibly rescued the crew only if every single thing went right. Which it never does of course.
It ends with an excerpt of George W. Bush’s speech at the Columbia memorial service:
“This cause of exploration and discovery is not an option we choose—it is a desire written in the human heart. We are that part of creation which seeks to understand all creation. We find the best among us, send them forth into unmapped darkness, and pray they will return. They go in peace for all mankind, and all mankind is in their debt.”