At Serika's request, Sharon returns to the hospital to see a neurologist. Meanwhile, Mutta's concern for Sharon distracts him from his upcoming, written exam [on the T-38 jet].
For the past 3 days the astronaut candidates have studied for a written exam on the T-38 jet. Mutta thinks this exam is important for him to eventually reach his goal of going to the Moon. However, Mutta has trouble concentrating due to Sharon's recent illness. When Mutta was a child he promised Sharon he would become an astronaut, go to the Moon and build the "Sharon telescope". Yesterday Serika, Mutta, Hibito and Sharon visited the hospital to get Sharon re-diagnosed. The doctor said they would need to do further tests to diagnose Sharon. When Serika suggested that the disease might be ALS, the doctors said if it turns out to be ALS, they will have to break the news slowly to Sharon since ALS is a very serious disease.
Now Mutta has no doubt in his mind that this is what Amanti's warning was about. On the drive back, Serika tells Mutta more about ALS, the disease that killed her father. With ALS, a person's muscles stop responding when the brain tells them to, so slowly the person is unable to move, talk or do anything without assistance. Mutta is devastated that something like this could happen to such a loving person as Sharon. Before Mutta knows it, the written exam is over, and Mutta knows his score is terrible.
Back at home, Hibito is also feeling the weight of Sharon's illness. After 8 days of further medical exams, Sharon is diagnosed with ALS. After having a chat with Serika that night, Sharon seems positive. Hibito and Mutta see Sharon off at the airport the next day. Sharon is going to continue working with the rest of her team on plans to build the lunar telescope. Serika's father had continued working and researching until he no longer could, so Sharon is optimistic that she can too. Mutta is a little more worried. One time when Mutta was a child and visiting Sharon, he asked "how do you say 'I'm a useless idiot who always fails during crunch time' in English?" Sharon wasn't sure what to write at first, but she scribbled down "It's a piece of cake" on a piece of paper and gave it to Mutta.
Hibito drives Mutta to training that day, and Mutta wonders out loud about how terribly he did on the written exam. Hibito says, "well if written exams were a factor about going into space, then I probably wouldn't have been selected to go." Mutta and the other ASCANs visit a hangar that day where they see and learn more about the T-38 jet. During lunch break, Mutta chats with Serika. Both Mutta and Serika have now made promises to Sharon. Mutta promised to go to the Moon and build the lunar telescope. Serika promised to work on the ISS and develop a cure for diseases like ALS.
Sharon arrives back in Japan the next day and texts Mutta. Sharon will begin working on manuals for astronauts for building the lunar telescope, so Mutta will have a lot to learn and asks if he will be prepared. In an effort to cheer her up, Mutta texts her back with "It's a piece of cake." Sharon is really happy about this.
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