Genres: Science Fiction
Cast of Wonders 238: The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space (Artemis Rising 3)
Illustration by Mat Weller. Artemis Rising logo designed by Scott Pond.
Theme music is “Appeal to Heavens” by Alexye Nov, available from Promo DJ or his Facebook page.
The Absolute Temperature of Outer Space
by Xander M. Odell
Dwanda watches her dad bound across the lunar landscape and shivers inside her jacket. The Moon lifts him higher than anyone on Earth could jump and sets him gently down again, a kangaroo in a space suit. Sunlight flashes bright white across his helmet. She chooses not to notice the ragged tear down the right side of his bulky suit, or the way she can see through him to the gray, airless expanse beyond.
The shuttleport crowd paces around the clear observation dome to make room for their excitement and boredom. They talk softly amongst themselves or watch the swarm of service bots making a final safety check on the shuttle Io. A few browse the souvenir stands for last minute gifts or keepsakes from their lunar vacation.
Her mom settles beside Dwanda on the couch. “Brought you some cocoa.”