The Stellar Phoenix

Stellar PhoenixStellar Phoenix
The three greatest impediments to space travel are distance, gravity, and radiation. This trio of thought-to-be-impossible barriers is overcome by the works of a brilliant young physicist, now enabling man to truly traverse the galaxy in near record and
reasonable time.
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Dr James Scott, the Director of NASA, beamed with pride as he began, “Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests…, welcome. Today is a special day for NASA, for today, we formally introduce you to the NASA Galactic Enterprise –the world’s first true interstellar, intragalactic spaceship– and her crew. We…, here at NASA…, are especially proud of this moment. Space travel will change, and our planet, our solar system, and our galaxy will never be the same.

“On Saturday, August 10, 2019, exactly six weeks and one day from today, at nine-thirty in the morning, the Galactic Enterprise and her crew will embark on a mission to map our own Milky Way –The Magellan Missions. This has been made possible by NASA’s and America’s own Dr. Mokena. And, at this time, I would like to recognize Dr. Mokena.” Scott turned and faced the eminent scientist sitting on the stage and asked, “Dr. Mokena, will you please stand?”

Dr. Mokena, who hated these formal but necessary events, stood and politely waved at the crowd. He was the world’s greatest physicist, now and ever, the recipient of an unheard of and never matched three Nobel Prizes in physics, a man of humble and tragic origins out of Central Africa, and now, a naturalized American citizen. All in the room, from senator to astronaut to reporter, stood and applauded, for everyone understood the significance of his contributions to the space program and science. Eventually the clapping subsided and everyone sat down.

During the rumble of the audience’s sitting, Mike leaned over and whispered to Janet, “And those other great Americans like Werner von Braun.” Janet smiled and quietly laughed.

Mr. Campbell pointed to the screen as multiple computer generated photographs of the space ship, all from different angles, flashed on the screen. The crowd sat mesmerized by the images on the screens, continually staring at the pictures of the black colored spaceship.

“This is she. As you see, she is a flying saucer. There’s just no other way to describe her. We could call her a flying disc or a parabolic space ship, but she is best described as what she is: a flying saucer. Her exact dimensions are classified, as are most of the specs of her systems, but her overall diameter is about three quarters the length of a football field. Her height is well over four stories.”

“As you see, compared to most space vehicles –real and imagined, she is sort of an ugly duckling, a black sheep. No sleek glistening rocket shape or aerodynamical airplane form; no appearance of rocket motors, large antennas, or
cockpits; no flashing lights, no portholes; just your run-of-the-mill flying saucer. But don’t let her shape and simplicity fool you: she flies well.”


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