A Glimpse at a Few Former Astronauts: Background information when reading Dept. of Speculation

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Dept. of Speculation

by Jenny Offill

Dept. of Speculation
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    Jan 2014, 192 pages
    Oct 2014, 192 pages

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A Glimpse at a Few Former Astronauts

Before we learn that the professor in Jenny Offill's Dept. of Speculation has been hired by a rich, failed astronaut to ghostwrite a book about the space program, she observes her baby daughter laughing at seeing the garden hose turn on. She writes in reaction, "All my life now appears to be one happy moment. This is what the first man in space said."

Yuri GagarinOne happy moment – said by Yuri Gagarin, that first man in space. It could also be said by the many other astronauts who have been part of various space programs that have launched them into distances most of us can only imagine; that most of us look at in amazement through images in books and online. How could anyone want to retire from the work of exploring the final frontier, and seeing how far our species can go?

But retire they do, especially in light of NASA's space shuttle program ending in ...

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