Science Fiction & Horror

Last Days On The Moon

What really happened that caused us to stop visiting the moon? A horror experience that is better kept classified.

Jason Morton
11 min readSep 9, 2023

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Nobody can hear a scream in the vacuum of space, or so they say. Screams were what John heard on August 15th, 1977. John and the handful of those cleared to be present in mission control. It was the final mission to the moon, and when it was over, only a handful of people would ever know what went on that fateful day. An even smaller number of people would be aware of the truth about what John and his crew suffered or why John was the only one to make his way home.

Commander John Davidson, Major Steven Lockhart, and Captain William Brand launched into space on a Soyuz Rocket. Their departure was from an undisclosed Island in the middle of the Pacific. It was the first joint space mission by Russia and the United States and would be the last until they began working together on the International Space Station. The director of NASA, The Joint Chiefs, a handful of the flight crew, a small complement of staff at Mission Control, and President Jimmy Carter were the only ones in the loop.

At 75 hours into the mission, Commander Davidson and his crew began preparations for their moon landing. They were going to touch down in the Apollo Basin. The Apollo Basin was where the last Apollo mission landed. It was the location of the Apollo 18 mission before NASA lost contact.

“Alright, boys, get your game faces on. We’re about to touch down,” announced Commander Davidson. “Three, two, one.”

The landing was smooth enough that the crew felt only a slight jolt as the Apollo capsule touched the surface. They all expected to feel something as the craft was a redesigned version of Apollo 17 and carried fifty percent more fuel. The crew practiced in the simulator using calculations for additional weight when they landed. NASA warned that the actual landing would be rougher.

“Shit, we made it down without crashing,” sighed Major Lockhart.

“Houston, we’re all alive and well and have touched down inside the Apollo Basin,” Commander Davidson reported to mission control.

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Jason Morton

I wore a badge and learned about people, both the good and the bad. I saw every problem imaginable, from cultural to psychological. I learned a lot in that time