Fly Me From the Moon

This week’s topic is:
Space exploration – would you travel to the Moon or Mars, (assuming you could return)?
See, there’s the problem…ASSUMING” you could return.

That better be an airtight guarantee!
(But how would you collect if it failed?)

The fear of not being able to return is why I panic whenever I hear the question, “What time in history would you like to visit?”, which comes up so often in writer-circles. There is no way I would travel anywhere in history, for fear of being stuck there.

But, we’re supposed to be returning, so…

When I was a kid, I subscribed to the Dr. Seuss book club. Some of the books were not by Theodore Geisel, such as “Put Me in the Zoo”, (remember that one?). One such book was “You Will Go to the Moon”, and showed a boy about 8-ish traveling with a grown man to the Moon. (Moon with a capital ‘M’; it’s OUR moon, Earth’s moon. Earth also needs to be capitalized if you are talking about the planet, whereas “earth” mean “dirt/soil”, but I digress.)

In this trip, the ‘rocket’ had to stop at a space station halfway to the Moon to refuel. My goodness, how far we have come in our thinking or in our capabilities. You have to realize that the first Moon-landing was only about eight years after I received that book.

I’d like to take a look at Earth from space, even more so from the Moon. I am fairly certain that I have mentioned that I heard it was possible to stand at the tip of Spain on a clear day, look across the Strait of Gibraltar and see Africa. I have no idea why the idea of doing that has real appeal to me, but I would truly love to do that. How much more exciting would it be to take a look at our World from our Moon ?

I’d feel fairly safe being able to get back now that they know more about what they are doing, but gee, even though I lived through the almost constant coverage of the drama surrounding Apollo 13, I was still at the edge of my seat watching the movie of it all!

Maybe I’m not very secure about it after all.

[ “Cough, Challenger), Cough, cough,(Columbia)”.]

Michael Collins piloted the command module around the Moon while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traipsed around on the ground in the first Moon-landing. Do you know what he said when they asked him if he felt cheated to get so close, but not get on the Moon himself? No, he didn’t want to go. He was afraid that there was a chance he was not going to be able to pick the other men up again and he knew that he, at least, could get home in the command module.

As for Mars, heck no! I think everyone is nuts to consider it. Such an incredible distance, (without Star-Trek warp capabilities), and to such a hostile environment, with no possibility of anyone calling the space equivalent of an ‘auto club’ if anything goes wrong? I shudder to even consider it!

A few months ago I saw “Passengers” . A fellow asleep for a long journey across space awakens alone. Last week I heard a reading of Stephen King’s “The Jaunt”, where things can go wrong with a ‘worm-hole’ type transport to Mars. Holy cow!
I have not had the nerve to see “Interplanetary”.

So, tempting as getting a full look at the Big Blue Marble is, the answer to the original question is a resounding “No way”.

I always was a homebody.

About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Fly Me From the Moon

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    It looks like you’ll have plenty of company. I suppose the space movies and books might inspire younger, more adventurous people to go, but there’s enough that can go wrong to discourage those of us who have learned to look at life with more caution.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Homebody — me too.
    That said, I have a feeling if I’d faced this same question about five decades ago… that my answer would’ve been “heck YEAH.”
    Back in those days, especially from about last semester of H.S. and first semester of college, I operated as though I was without fear or apprehension. Some of that was mis-placed confidence that I could do just about anything I cared to do… but some was just that by acting fearless I actually conquered some of my fears.
    But the fears and apprehension which confront me these days — and have progressively mounted since my youthful zeal — are supplemented by health and medical issues. Now-a-days, travel of any sort is a daunting proposition — not even talking about departing this planet.

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    • THAT is how young men can be rushed-off to war, Jeff, with the same attitude.I think it is true of young men by far and wide. GUNG-HO!
      I didn’t even take creaky joints into consideration. I find getting back and forth to Louisville a trip any more!

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  3. Joselyn says:

    When you think about all the things that have to go exactly right for the trip to work out, it makes you wonder at how brave the astronauts are.

    I like your thoughts about seeing some place from a different vantage point though. How many people can say they’ve seen Earth from the Moon? It would be an unique experience.

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  4. I didn’t know you could see Africa from Spain. I would love to do that someday.

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    • Isn’t that cool?! Actually, I first heard it when Melanie Griffith was married to Antonio Banderas, they lived in a house at the tip of Spain and it was brought up in an interview. I checked it out; it’s true, you can. When they split up, my first thought was “I’ll take the house in Spain!”

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