Many people ask how The Famous
Company can afford its rather expensive activities. The answer is "we make
big diamonds in space."
The diamonds are larger than toy balloons, and
require the pure crystal growing environment of weightlessness. But even with balloon-sized diamonds, it takes a lot of them to
finance The Famous Company.
So, the company operates a fleet of 200
space shuttles. These shuttles are
like NASA's. However, they are painted black, which is why nobody has seen them.
The Famous Company and Columbia
Because of this, there is great interest at The Famous Company in NASA's
space program. For example, here is Director of Space Operations Patrick
Murphy (black sweater) shown with some of his colleagues, just after the
launch of the Space Shuttle Columbia on January 16, 2003:
Later, Patrick traveled to the Kennedy Space Center, for a meeting with
Walker on January 26:
Unfortunately, just six days later, Walker's brave colleagues on the
Columbia were lost when the Space Shuttle disintegrated upon re-entry.
Everyone at The Famous Company was very sad to hear the news. A few hours
after it happened, Patrick expressed his feelings in a drawing showing tiles streaming from the doomed
spacecraft. Yet despite sadness, there still is hope for the future, as
evidenced in his title: "It Will Launch Again".