An eternity of descent - They where alive on the way down (Challenger shuttle)
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. ó The water was murky, swirling from surface winds, keeping divers Terry Bailey and Mike McAllister from seeing more than an armís reach in front of them. They had been diving for days, recovering Challengerís debris, and, now, on this dive, they had only six minutes left in their tanks.
They were about 100 feet down, moving across the seafloor, when they almost bumped into what at first appeared to be a tangle of wire and metal. Nothing that unusual, nothing they hadnít seen on many dives before.
Then, they saw it. A spacesuit, full of air, legs floating toward the surface. Thereís someone in it, Terry Bailey thought.