This reminds me of what happened in the book "Apollo 13." The crew was struggling to get back home due to a couple of explosions in their shuttle and I've read up to the part where they're finally heading home, The text says,
"'Hang on,' the commander said. 'If this is anything like Apollo 8, it could be rough.'
Thirty seconds later, the astronauts felt a sudden but surprisingly painless deceleration, as their ship - behaving nothing like Apollo 8 -sliced smoothly into the water. Instantly, the crewmates looked up toward their portholes. There was water running down the outside of all five panes.
'Fellows,' Lovell said, 'we're home.'" (Lovell & Kluger 334)
After a long, perilous struggle to get home, the Apollo 13 crew finally make it back. This matters because the entire planet was on edge watching whether or not these men would come back alive or stranded in space. This comes to show us how perilous space is and that the human race has experienced it in the past. A daily reminder that anything in space could go wrong, potentially claiming the death of an astronaut or more.