The investigative TV news show raised the alarm about the plutonium carried on the rocket. Turned out it was the wrong kind of plutonium.
David W. Brown is a freelance writer whose nonfiction appears frequently in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. His work can also be found in Scientific American, Vox, and Smithsonian. He is an Antarctic expeditioner, an endurance runner, a former U.S. Army paratrooper, and a veteran of Afghanistan. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Mission is his fourth book. Brown lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.