Re: Irrelevant musing, move along...
"but brought with it a harbinger of the fate that would eventually befall Columbia, 15 years later."
>I'll never forget either day, the bad and the good. (or the loss of Columbia, but that's another story)
I'll never forget either tragedy. They were so different and the causes so diverse and complex. Years ago, I spent hours reading up all the engineering detail from the investigations- riveting stuff to any space nerd.
Both events are perfect examples of the benefits of hindsight. The warning signs seem so obvious now. We should learn from that, but I doubt we will.