Mousestronauts

It’s July 16th, 1969 and all eyes are on the television sets all over the world. This is the day when Apollo 11 will be launched towards the moon with astronauts Aldrin, Armstrong and Collins on board. These three men will go down in history.

But wait; there should be two more names on that list, Marcos and Julian. Who are they you ask? Well, these two are not just experience fliers, but both come from a different place. You see they are mice. Not just ordinary mice, but Mousestronauts.

Their families and friends will be watching television too.

Launch count down has begun. The Mousestronauts are given their last briefing, and then it’s onto the bus which will ferry them and the Astronauts to the launch pad. While the humans are in the bus, the Mousestronauts can be found seated below, just as nervous as those above.

Leaving the bus, they all proceeded towards the tower, where a lift is waiting to take them all to the top. At this point, other humans join the astronauts, while two mice join the Mousestronauts.

Reaching their destination, the extras help the fliers into their seats, making sure they are buckled up securely. Once this has been done, the commanders go through a check list. Everything is fine and this is reported back to the control room.

The time is nearing and only 10 seconds remain. Over the speaker a voice can be heard counting down.

“9. 8. 7. 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. We have ignition. We have lift off.”

The space rocket shoots up into the sky like an arrow. A trail of smoke can be seen left behind to drift on the breeze and disappear. Every mouse and human look up at the sky. As the rocket reaches the outer layer of the atmosphere, day slowly turns into night and all that can be seen is a vast space full of sparkling diamonds, twinkling all around.

Many things have to be checked before they reach the moon. Soon it’s time for Marcos to transfer to the landing ship that well take him down to the moon surface. Julian will stay behind to operate the mother ship.

Four days later, on July 20th, the landing ship moves slowly towards the surface of the moon, landing at the edge of a crater. A few hours later, wearing a bulking space suit, Marcos climbs slowly down the ladder and steps onto the ground.

His first words are “That’s one small step for mouse, one giant leap for mouse kind.”
Marcos spends more than two hours walking on the moon, gathering soil samples, taking photographs, setting up a solar wind experiment and some other experiments just like his human counterparts. He then erects an American flag and talks to the US Mouse President Larry D Cheese back on earth, while millions of mice watching in amazement on the television.

Returning to the landing ship, Marcos taking off his space suit and rests for a few hours, before prepare to leave the moon surface, leaving the lower half of the ship as a launching pad. Docking back with the mother ship, all is put in place for the journey home.

Nothing unforeseen happens on the way back and soon Apollo 11 splashes down and is recovered on July 24th in the Pacific Ocean, near Hawaii.

Before leaving the spaceship, the Astronauts and Mousestronauts put on special suits to wear. Back at headquarters they are all quarantined for three weeks. They remain in good health. So you see, humans have made history and we know about it. The only place that mice have made history is written in their history books and when are humans ever going to see these books. Never, I think.

Mousestronauts

leemcgee

Bunbury, Australia

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Astronauts and Mousestonauts conquers the moon.

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