Above & Beyond: No Way Out
- By Thomas D. Jones
- Air & Space magazine, July 2002
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NASA quickly imposed new inspections and tests to prevent future hatch problems. And to our great relief, chief astronaut Bob Cabana promised he’d do his best to get us another shot at an EVA. Tammy Jernigan broke on through in 1999, with nearly eight hours of construction work outside the International Space Station. As for me, a little over four years after the turn of our screw, I opened Atlantis’ hatch on STS-98 and floated gingerly out into the brilliant sunlight in the shuttle’s payload bay. It was a grand entrance, one to be savored for a lifetime. Fittingly, on my office wall today hangs a photo of Tammy and me in our suits—mounted next to my half of the offending screw.
—Thomas D. Jones