Polaris Station – Novelette Part 3

(Continued from Part 2)

Another person stood and commanded attention by his full gray suit and well groomed hair. “I have a question,” he said in a respectful tone.

“Yes, sir,” Kendall and Katya said in unison.

“Katya, I understand you have dedicated five years of grad school to this work. Is that correct?”


“And Kendall, you are a graduate student in mechanical engineering?

“That’s right. Upon approval of this dissertation, we both graduate next month.”

The man continued. “I’m impressed with the work you have done. It shows scientific rigor and bold thinking. It has some technical and political challenges, but in my experience, this is the recipe for opportunity for those who stick with it, do the science, work the issues, and test their theories. I look forward to reading your paper. Congratulations.”

Someone in the audience clapped, then another, and then all stood and joined the applause.

Kendall noticed Katya smile. He stood closer and offered a congratulatory hug.

The audience filed from the room visiting about solar 3D imaging, the proposed army of satellites, and the two space outposts.

As the full suited man passed through the door, Kendall thought he saw a logo on his briefcase and said, “NASA?”


25 Years Later

Kendall discovered the message by accident when the station vibrated.

(Continue with Part 4)

About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
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