The Spaceman and the Moon Girl

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (copied from Flickr)

Photo by NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (copied from Flickr)

He sits with eighteen of his peers in a room at the Manned Spacecraft Center while reporters launch questions, most of which could be answered by referring to the press releases NASA has handed out; and he’s wearing his best suit, it’s served him well for several years, the best he can afford on his USAF captain’s salary although he’d much rather be wearing a flight suit or maybe his Air Force service dress, but NASA were clear on the protocol and four of the guys are civilians anyway. So he’s trying to show he has the Right Stuff coming out the wazoo, because there’s not just the other guys in Group 5 but the Mercury guys and the astronaut groups NASA picked in ‘62, ‘63 and ‘65, and he knows he’s going to be compared to them just as much as he will be to the guys sitting up here with him on the dais…

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Ian Sales

About Ian Sales

Ian Sales was only three when Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon, but he's spent the last few years writing about astronauts. His Adrift on the Sea of Rains, the first book of the Apollo Quartet, was published in 2012 and subsequently won the BSFA Award. The second book of the quartet, The Eye With Which The Universe Beholds Itself, and the third book, Then Will The Great Wash Deep Above, were published in 2013. The final book, All That Outer Space Allows, will be published in 2014. He has appeared in several anthologies, and he reviews books for the science fiction magazine Interzone.

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