In this alternate history novel, Book 1 of 2 of The New Frontier Series, what-if Ronald Reagan became President in 1976 instead? The President continues with the moon landings and declares that a moon base would be established by 1979, followed by a Mars Base by 1989. The Soviets decide to up the ante by building an interstellar starship, and send it on its way as the U.S. establishes a permanent presence on the Moon. The U.S. builds a space station, followed by a base on Mars, that will eventually be turned into a colony. We follow America's progress from the moon to Mars, along with the Teacher in Space Program, to an eventual starship mission out of the solar system, which will continue in book two, Final Frontier.