To the Moon, Alice! NASA Inspires a Writer

LADEE Launches

LADEE Launches
From NASA Wallops

A Minotaur V rocket carrying NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) lifts off from at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. LADEE is a robotic mission designed to orbit the moon where and provide unprecedented information about the environment around the moon and give scientists a better understanding of other planetary bodies in our solar system and beyond.
Credit: NASA/Chris Perry

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of NASA and space flight. The images we’ve gotten from the telescopes orbiting earth and spacecraft cruising through our galaxy are awe-inspiring. So the recent launch of LADEE has instilled a giddiness in me that’s been absent since the Shuttle missions ended.

We’re going to the moon!

NASA’s Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE, pronounced like “laddie”) is a robotic mission that will orbit the moon to gather detailed information about the lunar atmosphere, conditions near the surface and environmental influences on lunar dust. A thorough understanding of these characteristics will address long-standing unknowns, and help scientists understand other planetary bodies as well. Source: NASA’s LADEE Mission.

This mission has struck a chord in me (other than my natural curiosity). It has incited a part of my creativity that has lain dormant for a while. I’m inspired to write in the fantasy or science fiction genre again. I’ve been so focused on my novel, which is contemporary women’s fiction, that I’ve neglected the fantastical part of my imagination.

Fool’s Journey is a sci-fi/fantasy short story and it was my first attempt at writing in those genres. Miltonia Butterflies has a paranormal element. Now, my mind is whirring with ideas that involve moon dust and planets with earth-like atmospheres and humanoids – and not-so-human beings.

So, thank you to the scientists who continually strive to discover more about our universe. Thank you to NASA for giving those scientists a place to chase their dreams. And a HUGE thanks to the Gemini and Apollo astronauts, without whom our space program would not exist. And a special thanks to those who actually walked on the moon and noticed dust levitating from the lunar surface. Not only have they inspired the science community, they’ve instilled curiosity and creativity in a writer.

  • Cool! I hadn’t heard about this, so thanks for sharing. And good luck with the new stories!

    • It’s exciting isn’t it! Thanks for the good luck wishes. It will take a little time to get anything on paper, but my mind is enjoying the new ideas that are floating around.

  • Cool! I hadn’t heard about this, so thanks for sharing. And good luck with the new stories!

    • It’s exciting isn’t it! Thanks for the good luck wishes. It will take a little time to get anything on paper, but my mind is enjoying the new ideas that are floating around.