The Astronaut's Mom

The Astronaut's Mom

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JS Clark By JSClark7 Updated Nov 02, 2016

A mother struggles to deal with the fact that her daughter has chosen to participate in a one-way mission to Mars.  Dedicated to my wife, all the foster children we've had so far, and the child that will someday grow up with us.  
Major Influences: The Martian, by Andy Weir, Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson, and the Mars One mission proposal.  
Note on technology: the materials science and radiation shielding that I mention in the course of the story are based on things currently under development or proposal.   
My other posted stories take place in the same universe.
I welcome any comments or questions on each section, either from readers or other writers. Thanks

  • astronaut
  • foster
  • mars
  • mother
  • nasa
JSClark7 JSClark7 Apr 09, 2016
Thanks! I'll be posting chapters all through the year, and my other work on here is effectively a prequel.
MoonLoop MoonLoop Apr 14, 2016
I love the idea of an astronaut steeled for a one-way trip to Mars getting into a huff while trying to log onto Amazon before it times out. It's the perfect mix of the extraordinary and the mundane bundled together that I've heard astronauts talk about on the ISS.
JSClark7 JSClark7 May 13, 2016
I like to run on virtual running courses from BitGym. I actually sent them a comment that they should develop a course from Curiosity navcam photos. Why not?
jeshi99 jeshi99 Apr 30, 2016
I agree with @MoonLoop  My stories often have strong female characters.
MoonLoop MoonLoop Apr 09, 2016
This is such an interesting and unique perspective! I'm always happy to see strong female leads in sci-fi, especially hard sci-fi. This is definitely something I'll savor over the summer.