HOUSTON--"Houston, we have a problem."
If there is a five-word phrase more recognizable than that in the annals of modern science or space exploration, I want to hear it.
For my entire life, the "Houston" in that phrase was an abstract term, a reference to a disembodied place where people wield God-like powers--or don't, as the case may be--over the astronauts who were themselves abstract to me. I'd never seen them, and I wasn't old enough to have watched any of the mythical rocket launches prior to the Space Shuttle.
But earlier … Read more