This story about the little-known history of the evolution of communication systems between astronauts and mission control was the product of a senior project at Columbia College Chicago. In the course of reporting this story, my project partner and I spoke with an astronaut who spent 166 days on the International Space Station about his experience radioing back and forth with ground; delved into the similarities between astronaut diaries and the diaries of arctic explorers isolated for long periods of time on remote bases; learned how behavioral psychologists draw conclusions about emotional stability through key words; and looked into the potential ways NASA is exploring to make astronauts more autonomous as they venture to Mars — the first missions in which instantaneous communication with mission control will no longer be possible.  

A sentimental short story I wrote and produced for a radio storytelling class at Columbia College Chicago.