Letters: Nov. 24, 1997

A HARROWING DAY IN SPACE

"If the Mir space station were an automobile, you can be sure it would be up on blocks in someone's backyard." ED TROSTER Smyrna, Tenn.

I have always been fascinated with space exploration and have had a tiny urge to work in that field. But after reading your story about the glitches aboard the Mir space station [SPACE, Nov. 3] and seeing its diagrams and its massive, complex structures, I think space exploration is scary. Whatever happened to the classic, simple space vehicle? Is it possible that we are in over our heads with all this...

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