July 20, 1969 – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

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Every Wednesday we get a new picture prompt for the Friday Fictioneers, a writing challenge graciously hosted by our Fairy Blog Mother Rochelle Wisoff-Fields.
The task of the challenge is to write a story: beginning, middle, and end, in 100 words or less. You can find all the Fictioneers’ stories when you click on the little frog. Please read, comment, and if you like, join the fun. Everyone is welcome.
This week, Rochelle asked us to not get too political, so I tried something different. Not entirely unpolitical but hopefully fun nonetheless.


Image © J Hardy Carroll. Used with permission for this Friday Fictioneers challenge only. Any other use of this image requires J Hardy Carroll’s permission.

July 20, 1969

This month, it’s been 50 years since humans first landed on the moon. This is in honour of all the people who, to this day, risk their lives and health to explore and advance our knowledge about our world, and our universe. May this gallery bring back the excitement of these early days of space exploration.

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(100 words)

I pledgeThe gallery is from Apollo 11 on Flickr – an album of NASA on the commons.

The original pictures have detailed descriptions. Check them out. NASA in general has so many interesting pictures, also the individual astronauts, especially from ISS missions…

And some food for thought:

15 Ways the International Space Station is Benefiting Earth

Is It Worth It? The Costs and Benefits of Space Exploration

And, as I understood it from this page, NASA permits the usage of these images.




62 thoughts on “July 20, 1969 – Friday Fictioneers Flash Fiction

  1. Wow and thank you for this! Perfectly uplifting imagery and history.
    A salve and a good thing to remember at times when America’s greatness is not going in the direction it should … and when science is scorned, not celebrated.
    Happy (almost) 4th,

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    1. Thank you! Looking at the whole world, things are getting better even though it is slow, too slow for my taste, and with setbacks. But science and exploration are alive and well and won’t go away. Happy July fourth to the Americans. And Happy belated Canada Day to the Canadians.

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  2. Great take on the prompt, and a lovely tribute… And I just deleted the multiple versions of political statements I kept finding myself make, so I’m going to stop there. 🙂

    Boy, those astronauts look so young to me now!

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    1. Cough. First draft of my intro was different… but luckily there is a word limit. 🙂
      They do look young. And aren’t they cute? Of course back when I was a kid, I didn’t notice that… Thank you Joy.

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        1. I would have liked to be an astronaut but I was neither fit nor smart enough to even consider it. Challenger left me grieving, but Columbia left me furious. Money over safety, I’m having mixed feelings about NASA ever since. I was naive… But at least they admitted having failed them.

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    1. Thank you Keith. I find the Friday Fictioneers a very smart and decent crowd who can get along even if they don’t agree on certain things. At least in my experience. I would expect that doubters, if there were any, just not comment or keep the comment vague.

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  3. Hi, Gah Learner! I’d like to nominate you for Blogger Sunshine Award…

    The Rules:
    Thank the blogger who nominated you.
    Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
    Nominate new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
    List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post/or on your blog.
    Notify the nominees about it by commenting on one of their blog posts.

    Here are my questions:
    1. How would you describe creativity?
    2. When did you first start blogging?
    3. Who is your inspiration?
    4. Do you like to build worlds or characters with your pen? Who’s your favourite among them?
    5. What makes you most happy?
    6. Are you an extrovert or introvert?
    7. If you could use the time machine where would you go?
    8. Your favourite artist/ author/ poet/ creative piece?
    9. Do you watch anime?
    10. If you could do anything without bothering about time or money, what would it be?
    11. Your dream place?

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  4. For some reason, my previous comment didn’t post properly, so I’m trying again.
    There are indeed lots of men and women who have risked their health and lives to add to our knowledge of the universe. A good tribute!

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      1. No, no relation. I wish I had been. I started reading about the astronauts with John Glenn. He was from the same state I was, Ohio. My dad once drove my mother and me through Cambridge, Ohio, the city he was from. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    1. Oh that’s great, sorry he didn’t make it. I wish all of us who want to could take a quick spin around… without having to pay millions. Maybe in a generation or two. Thank you Björn.


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