The Great Bandini

Flash Fiction

Phil Rossi
4 min readJun 16, 2023

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Image Credit: Navena Katalina

Space travel was a rich man’s game and astronauts didn’t hail from our side of the tracks. That’s why my friends and I never missed a Bandini rocket launch — main events full of fanfare and hope that one of us would beat the odds and reach outer space.

Instead, Bandini’s rockets would implode on the pad or burst apart mid-flight. Just when you thought no man could survive a real…

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