A fictionalized look at the life of an astronaut wife in the days of Apollo

Welcome To Keeper Of The Flame

In the 1960’s, NASA’s race to the moon incorporated a series of Earth-orbital flights as well as actual moon orbital and landing missions known as the Apollo program. Their task, assigned by President Kennedy, was to land a man on the moon before the end of the decade. The program spanned nearly ten years at a cost of over $19,000,000.00.  While Apollo One took the lives of three astronauts, six of the missions achieved the lunar goal beginning with the first landing on the moon in 1969. Twelve men walked on the moon.  While all of the astronauts have received much acclaim, there is little known about their wives – the Women of Apollo who watched as their husbands hurtled through space, gazed at the moon differently than other women and prayed that their man would return home after a safe landing and that their normal life would reappear.

The 60’s also embraced the civil rights movement, women’s struggle for equal rights and the Vietnam war.  It was a time for challenges and changes for the entire country.  The space effort was a shining light in an otherwise dark and chaotic time; something the rest of the world witnessed, cheered on, and were emotionally invested in.

Women of the time were coming out of an era when June Cleaver was the measure of the perfect  housewife.  For those too young to know, June Cleaver was the TV example of the housewife who stayed home, wore dresses with an apron and faux pearls to do her housework.  Her arena was primarily the kitchen. This story is about one such woman who was caught in a time warp with one foot firmly in the traditional Cleaver camp and the other in a changing future that was filled with new possibilities not only in outer space but at home.