It was a Space Shuttle mission like none other in the 21st century. It was a mission that went nowhere near the International Space Station or the Hubble Space Telescope. It was a mission of pure science. It was a mission five years in the making, a mission of international inspiration. It was the STS-107 microgravity research mission of the Space Shuttle Columbia.
On February 1, 2003, NASA suffered a blow which is still felt today, both from…