Confessions of a Space-Chicken

Teleport with financial panels

This week, one of the foxes asked, “Would you travel to the Moon or Mars (assuming you could return)?

Growing up, I loved to watch Star Trek on TV. Then the movies came out and I enjoyed several of them. I watched the first Star Wars movie when it first came out. But by that time my interested had run its course and I didn’t watch the rest. I think part of it was that I’d learned enough to realize that traveling anywhere off planet earth was not a day trip. According to Universe Today, “The total journey time from Earth to Mars takes between 150-300 days depending on the speed of the launch, the alignment of Earth and Mars, and the length of the journey the spacecraft takes to reach its target. It really just depends on how much fuel you’re willing to burn to get there. More fuel, shorter travel time.” (Cain, F. (2017, March 16). How Long Does it Take to Get to Mars? Retrieved October 08, 2017, from https://www.universetoday.com/14841/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-to-mars/) So space travel, even at speeds I can only dream about, will take years. And there’s so much we still don’t know about life outside our known world.

To return to the original question…

Basically, I’m a chicken. So space exploration is not something I would be willing to do. I’m really not one to jump in on anything new, other than what my family calls my “techie gadgets” – my phone, watch, laptop, and car. But even with those items, I don’t rush out to get the latest version of everything. I get what’s current when at the time I’m ready to purchase, and then I keep it until I need a new one. I don’t wear the latest fashions, don’t read the best-sellers, and don’t watch the latest movies. I’m more adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, but even before I understood that the phrase “to boldly go where no man has gone before” was a split infinitive, the idea didn’t resonate with me.

My dad pounded into us that we should never buy the first model of anything, but to wait until all the problems were discovered and fixed. So I think that even if the type of teleportation depicted in Star Trek were to be developed in my lifetime, I would wait until all the kinks were worked out. What if something malfunctioned while I was off the planet? And if I remember correctly, teleportation involved taking people apart and then putting them back together. What if I arrived at my destination and all my body parts were stuck together incorrectly? I’d have to learn how to do everything all over again.

I think it’s wonderful that so many advancements have been made in space exploration during my lifetime. If I’m blessed with a long life, I’m sure there will be plenty more before I’m done here. Ray Bradbury wrote a chilling story called All Summer in a Day, which eloquently brings home the point that space travel might be necessary at some point. But in the meantime, I’m perfectly willing to do my space travel through the stories I read or watch on the screen.

How brave would you be?

About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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10 Responses to Confessions of a Space-Chicken

  1. Joselyn says:

    For some reason I thought the trip to Mars would take much longer. I’ll have to decide whether that changes my thoughts about embarking on space travel.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I was surprised when I read that, too. But if it takes six months to a year to get to Mars, imagine how long it would take to get to another planet – or another solar system!

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Me, I’m an impatient traveler. I just want to BE at my destination.
    Like you, as a kid, my science was mainly from B-List Sci Fic movies and they usually reached their outer space destinations within the first reel. Which seemed reasonably speedy to me.

    I totally “get” what your dad meant about waiting for the bugs to be worked out. So many examples of people rushing to be the FIRST to possess something… while I quietly wait to buy one from the 3rd or 4th series, after they’ve discovered and fixed all the bugs.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Hubby is like you as far as wanting to “just get there.” Normally, I like to take in the sights, but in outer space there wouldn’t be much to see along the way. So teleportation, like in Space Trek, would be the way to go – except that the thought of being taken apart scares me.

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  3. What a great point about teleportation! When you point that out I don’t think I would want to do that. Imagine having to learn to do everything all over again because your body got switched around while travelling.

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  4. Wow, someone came up with a real eye opener here this week.
    Your Dad and my parents all had the same ideas about getting the ‘bugs’ out of new products. I’ll have to do some fancy thinking about this week’s topic.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Anything that takes me apart is going to have to have ALL the bugs worked out before I’ll voluntarily use it! I’m sure you’ll end the week with a bang.

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  5. Diane Burton says:

    Space Chicken, hey? LOL Our dads were twins. He wouldn’t buy a new car for the same reason. I’d go into space in a heartbeat, if–big IF–I could return. No one-way trips for me. You missed all the good Star Trek movies. That 1st one was a long bore. Love the reboot. movies.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Ha! I’ve missed a lot of good movies. Maybe someday, when I’ve got all MY stories on paper… Thanks so much for visiting – I really wanted to see your answer to the question, since so many of your books are set in outer space!

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