Space Jockey

Publication date:1947.04
Genre:Science fiction short story
Series:Future History
Preceded by:The Green Hills of Earth
Followed by:Columbus Was a Dope
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“Space Jockey” is a science fiction short story by Robert A. Heinlein. Part of his “Future History” series, it originally appeared in “The Saturday Evening Post” April 26, 1947.

Exposition

The story is set in the near future. It realistically depicts a day in the life of a rocket pilot who pilots commercial passenger spacecraft on scheduled runs between the Earth and the Moon.