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Back to the Moon
     

Back to the Moon

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by Travis Taylor
 

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The Saga of the Return to the Moon, This Time to Stay—and the Technological Problems are the Simplest to Solve. Science Fiction by Two Scientists Who Know Both Science and the Ways of Government Bureaucracies.

Praise for Travis S. Taylor

“[Warp Speed] reads like Doc Smith writing Robert Ludlum. . . .You won't want to put it

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The Saga of the Return to the Moon, This Time to Stay—and the Technological Problems are the Simplest to Solve. Science Fiction by Two Scientists Who Know Both Science and the Ways of Government Bureaucracies.

Praise for Travis S. Taylor

“[Warp Speed] reads like Doc Smith writing Robert Ludlum. . . .You won't want to put it down.” —John Ringo

“In the tradition of Golden Age SF . . . explodes with inventive action . . . dazzling . . . cutting-edge scientific possibilities. . . .” —Publishers Weekly

Praise for Les Johnson:

“. . . Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel . . . convincingly captures the history of ideas about solar sails, their current state of play and their future promise. ... Suitable for aerospace students and keen enthusiasts alike. . . .” —Stuart Clark, Nature

“I can recommend this book [Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos] to everyone interested in the future of space exploration.” —Claude Semay, Physicalia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439134054
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
12/07/2010
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
9.76(w) x 11.72(h) x 1.11(d)

Meet the Author

Travis S. Taylor—“Doc” Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a doctorate in optical science and engineering, a master's degree in physics, a master's degree in aerospace engineering, a master's degree in astronomy, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. He has appeared in several episodes of the History Channel’s Universe series. He lives in , with his wife Karen and their daughter.

Les Johnson is a NASA physicist, manager, author, husband and father. By day, he serves as the Deputy Manager for the Advanced Concepts Office at the C. Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the coolest jobs in the universe. In the early 2000s, he was NASA’s Manager for Interstellar Propulsion Research and later managed the In-Space Propulsion Technology Project. He was technical consultant for the movie Lost in Space and has appeared on the Discovery Channel series, “Physics of the Impossible” in the “How to Build a Starship” episode. He has also appeared in three episodes of the Science Channel series, Exodus Earth. In his spare time he writes popular science books and articles, including Solar Sails: A Novel approach to Interplanetary Travel, Living Off the Land in Space: Green Roads to the Cosmos and Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Earth.

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Back to the Moon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The second race to the moon has begun between America and China, but also trying to beat the big nations to the earth satellite is the private sector firm Space Excursions. NASA selects astronaut Bill Stetson as the mission commander of the first American flight to the moon since Apollo ended four decades ago. Space Excursions CEO Gary Childers selects Paul Gesling to serve as chief pilot of Dreamscape to orbit the moon with wealthy clients. However, during test runs nothing goes right for the Space Excursions flight or with the NASA launch. Bill takes control and soon realizes the same defective circuit board caused the problems; a circuit board made in China. At the same time a malware Trojan horse sends Space Excursions hardware and software information to China. As NASA counts down to the moon launch, China sends a ship into space while the Dreamscape leaves earth with five passengers on board. They soon find a shocker waiting for them that changes NASA's lunar landing plan. The two authors bring their NASA experience to this exiting entertaining space race science fiction thriller. Their background in propulsion technology serves well for this fun thriller as the audience learns much about the science of rocketing into space while also feeling as if we are part of the crew. Though the cast is not as developed beyond heroism, readers will relish this exhilarating Back to the Moon as the space race returns with two new contenders including a private sector entry challenging America for supremacy beyond the troposphere. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Back to the Moon" by Travis Taylor and Les Johnson Review by John Vester Did you like "Apollo 13"? If so, then you will love Taylor and Johnson's "Back to the Moon." This fictional moon rescue mission is fraught with enough technical problems and human drama to keep you on the edge of your crash couch from the book's launch until its successful landing. Written by two aerospace scientists who bring authenticity to every scene, they also deliver some compelling arguments for going back to the moon and for allowing the private sector space efforts to flourish. Knowledgeable space advocacy on top of a gripping fictional adventure. Does it get any better? If human exploration of space is important to you, then this book is for you. If you are up for a McGiver meets Mission Impossible thrill ride, then this book is for you too. Written when the Ares/Orion program was still alive, this book is none-the-less as relevant today as it was then. Taylor and Johnson have created a real winner in "Back to the Moon." Read it, and go back with them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Feels like heinlein or donald wollheim 50's excitement in the rescue trip