The bold rescue mission that never was

My friend Eva Noyola pointed out a recent article that describes a hypothetical rescue mission that could have been implemented to save the astronauts on board space shuttle Columbia 11 years ago, according to Appendix D.13 of the Columbia Accident Investigation Board Report. The article is gripping in its rendition of the drama that would have unfolded had NASA decided to launch a rescue flight to bring the astronauts back to Earth. It seems, however, that such a complex operation would have been extremely difficult to accomplish given the time constraints. Nevertheless, it’s food for thought for future rescue missions.

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Image credit: NASA

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