Originally in : Cosmos, August/September 2009 – and still online.
It’s a short story – read it by following the link above.
A short but effective piece set on the Saturnian moon of Enceladus. It’s a two-hander – the scientist who pushed hard for the trip to the moon once alien wreckage was spotted on it, and a technician. There’s not much of a relationship between the two – the scientist gets the tech’s name wrong, and sees him as someone there just to earn a paycheck. But when they make an event bigger discovery, its the tech who makes the sacrifice for the greater good, revealing depth and a humility.