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Rock it with the offer of a space lifetime!
L to R (Western Style). Yukari Morita is a high school girl on a quest to find her missing father. While searching for him on the Solomon Islands, she receives the offer of a lifetime—she'll get the help she needs to find her father, and all she need do in return is become the world's youngest, lightest astronaut. Yukari and her teen friends, all petite, are the perfect crew and cargo for the Solomon Space Association's launches, or will be once they complete their rigorous and sometimes dangerous training.
other. She grimaced in pain. “Now 7 G.” Satsuki chuckled. Yukari’s face stretched. She sat powerless as the next thirty seconds expired. “Now 8 G.” Yukari was overcome by a terrible headache. Her vision began to dim, her heart raced, and her breath grew shallow. “Breathe with your stomach or you’ll suffocate.” She wanted to ask how, but the words wouldn’t come. Her ribs pressed against her back, crushing her lungs. She couldn’t even force air down her throat. Another thirty seconds
[ACT 7] PRIMARY AND BACKUP were practically inseparable. The girls were together twenty-four hours a day, which meant the only time one could get a jump on the other was while they were supposed to be asleep—exactly as Yukari had done. One thing was certain. If Matsuri kept gaining weight, Yukari would never close the gap, and Satsuki would order their caloric intake reduced. That night, Yukari canceled her usual delivery and lay in bed, fighting off sleep. She had gotten by on four hours a
launch vehicle.” “Which is precisely why the rest of the world has adopted liquid fuel launch systems, we know this. We went out of our way to use solid fuel to save on costs, so we could launch lower-cost vehicles in greater numbers.” “That’s right. Only this new fuel actually weighs less than the liquid alternative.” The room fell silent. “That’s absurd,” said Mukai. “I don’t care how light you make the fuel, it’s the weight of the tank that’s the problem.” “This particular fuel burns
them include this family stuff in the press kit? I don’t want to go over all the basics every time I sit down for an interview.” “I’ll make sure it gets in. The secrecy ends now.” [ACT 3] BY HELICOPTER IT was less than five minutes from the base to the Taliho village. A large sling lowered Matsuri down to the village square as the helicopter hovered overhead. Once on the ground she rushed up the ladder to her father’s hut. “Hoi! It’s me, Dad.” “Good to see you, Matsuri.” There was real
December 27.” “Thanks, Dad. Do you know where Mom is?” “Toto’s in the spirit lodge. She won’t be out until tonight.” “Oh, okay. I’ll come back tomorrow or the next day to talk about this with her.” Matsuri’s mother, Toto, was a village shaman. Matsuri wouldn’t be able to put her mind at ease until she had explained the situation to Toto as well. “By all means. So, how is Yukari holding up?” “She says this is as hard as when she was studying for her high school entrance exams. She can’t