The space shuttle Endeavour is safely back on earth. Phew.
While the astronauts and officials at NASA expressed little concern, with their usual understated engineering and scientific pronouncements, news of the “gouge” was enough to have me thinking of the two shuttle disasters that have already taken place, Challenger in 1987 and Columbia in 2003. Space flight has always been a source of fascination for me, no doubt like lots of other little boys and girls growing up in the 1960s. It continues to be a symbol of what we can achieve, and of how we can set our sights on (in this case, literally) higher things. It hurts when they come crashing to the ground.
I’m glad they’re safely back on Earth.