16 more minutes. That's all. Was that too much to ask? It appears that it was.
I really don't know what to say...it's all just so surreal. I want so much to think that when I wake up in the morning tomorrow, everything will be fine, the Columbia will have landed safely and Ilan Ramon will go back to Israel as a hero, which is badly in need of one. I want to wake up and mutter, "Wow, that was a bad dream." But I know it won't be that way.
For the families, close friends and co-workers of the brave and honor-worthy Columbia crew, I know this nightmare will last long after my own sorrow over the situation ends. For that, all I can do is wish them the best and hope they never have to go through something like this again.