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Prelude to Space Mass Market Paperback – August 12, 1986
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"Warlight" by Michael Ondaatje
A dramatic coming-of-age story set in the decade after World War II, "Warlight" is the mesmerizing new novel from the best-selling author of "The English Patient." Pre-order today
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compelling story of the launching of Prometheus -- Earth's first true spaceship -- and of the men who made it happen.<br><br>Dirk Alexson:<br>Chronicler of the greatest space adventure of all time, he was chosen to immortalize the incredible story of the men and their heroic mission.<br><br>Sir Robert Derwent:<br>Direct-General of Interplanetary -- London Headquarters for the international space-flight project -- he was the man who got the mission off the ground and into the pages of history.<br><br>Professor Maxton:<br>The world's leading atomic engineer, he designed the huge ship's drive units and he waited with the rest of the world to see if the project would be a success.
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No they didn't use "lunar orbit rendezvous" to land on the moon, but the method he foresaw would also have worked.
The ending of the story is the surprise.