Farewell, Space Shuttle

July 21st, 2011

I’m pleased but saddened by all the attention the space shuttle is getting these days. While it’s reassuring to know that there is still a fervent interest in space exploration, it’s heartbreaking that the United States has no plans in the near future to send humans back into the heavens.

Here’s a recent cartoon on the topic:

Jeff Koterba, cartoon, moon landing, space shuttle

And here’s an excerpt from a previous post you might enjoy:

When my memoir, Inklings, was released in November 2009, I had no idea that I would soon get the opportunity to write a new ending. At the same time Inklings was hitting bookshelves, astronaut Clay Anderson was making preparations for his second flight into space. Little did I know that just a few months later, I would be making my way to the Kennedy Space Center where I would watch space shuttle Discovery launch into space with two of my cartoons on board.

One of those cartoons was of Dogie—a dog character I had created as a child and one that plays a significant role in my book. Now, Dogie would have a chance at redemption. (For trivia buffs: according to NASA, the sketches that flew aboard Discovery marked only the second time cartoons made it into space. The first being sketches created by Peants creator Charles Schulz.)

jeff koterba, cartoon, space shuttle, snoopy, dogie the doggie, dog

On April 5, 2010, space shuttle Discovery—with Dogie the Doggie an extra crew member—was launched into orbit for a two-week mission.

After returning from the launch I had a discussion with my wonderful literary agent, Amy Moore-Benson. Why not write an epilogue for the paperback edition, she suggested, one that would come out later that year? My editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Tom Bouman, loved the idea and before long, a new epilogue was written and added to the paperback, released in Novemember, 2010.

jeff koterba, jeffrey koterba, inklings, memoir

Buy Inklings with the special space shuttle epilogue here!