'Do we really have to come back?'

I remember hearing the first launch of the Columbia in 1981 on the radio in my second grade classroom. It helped propel my own dreams of being a spaceman for years and years. I remember being in my first day of a new junior high when the Challenger exploded, the principal announced it over the loudspeakers. It seems that today is another day I'll never forget, holding my son in my arms while watching the devastating news on TV today about the seven astronauts who's time in space will never end.

From a Washington Post article written in advance of Columbia's re-entry:

Some of Columbia's crew members didn't want their time in space to end.

'Do we really have to come back?' astronaut David Brown jokingly asked Mission Control before the ride home.


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