I think this has been a reality of spaceflight for a long time, and will continue to be for a while, until we learn how best to understand and come together over issues that we face. It raises questions over how we can address things like inequity and miscommunication, in a way that really makes a profound difference in all of our lives. I think we're getting there, step by step. NASA has been a somewhat good example in highlighting inequity in the past and molding to fit the needs of the future, but there is a long way to go.This is super well-written, with one of the main themes being the unease between the US and China's space programs. I really appreciate (from a narrative context anyway) the way their discussions are frequently obstructed by stiff boundaries - "national security" concerns precluding the use of the extremely capable MTV, and the unpleasant dance to keep the truth from the press. There's a real sense of how hard it can be for people with different backgrounds to operate together, even on the most common ground like saving lives.
Really a good chapter.
Question: What are the sizes of the MTV and the Chinese vehicle?
Schedule Update: Hi folks, I am a little behind on Chapter 43, so we may see that on Tuesday coming up, just to give me some additional time to catch up. Chapter 42 should be out at our normally scheduled time on Monday. Thanks for your patience!
Through adversity, we find strength, and I am so happy that these two character's chemistry meant so much. I do think we'll see her again in the future, one can only hope.I also love to see even a bit more of the dynamic between Anna & Dr. Liao - I can't help but feel they'll hear from each other again in the future. This last call really gives the sense that all the stress and hardship of the past few weeks and months was worth it, in the end.
For me, Ivanov was one of the most important characters to come back to in the story - a character that reminds us of our flaws, and works towards redemption and a new outlook on life. When I wrote the Olympus 9 accident, I wasn't sure that I'd ever come back to Sergei, that he would resign in disgrace somewhere. But I see the importance of revisiting his character, and understanding that his role is just as important as those who lead successful missions. In the end, he got the crew home, and he deserves a shot at redemption.I really love Ivanov's mission in the beginning - well-deserved, almost a "redemption" for a character who's been through so much. That whole opening segment is some truly beautiful writing. And our new friends are all looking gorgeous as well