Sanación "The Black Hole Mission" by Mary Louise Davie
With the oxygen of the Earth now depleted, all the countries come together to venture out in space and find a new home. Three ships with three different modes of travel go off in search of a new terrestrial planet in hopes that one will carry on.
One ship, the Sanacion, has the most difficult mission, to travel down the black hole V4641and blow a hole in the vortex wall using a bomb made from star material. But before they have to face the dangers of the black hole, they have to light years of problems.
As the shuttles from Earth makes the trip to the lunar site to their final salvation aboard the Sanacion, something goes awry and a solar storm of flashing fire leads to silent destruction in space. A rescue mission is carried out to save the remaining civilians and risk the lives of many others.
Admiral Goodman has complete authority over the Sanacion with Colonel Steve Jensenn as his commander. Steve, in addition to commanding the day to day operations, is spending much of his time investigating the science - running equations and simulations. Steve’s second, Major Lenora Spooner, works closely with him, and together they share thought experiments, impossible equations and feelings for each other that must never be realized.
To further complicate things there is the Astronaut Perry Conlin and his seemingly perfect veneer. He goes after many things from the Civilian Leadership to the Command to Lenora. And for Perry, rank is not an issue.
Steve believes that what the scientists offer as beliefs and proofs, are not right. Still, he must back the party line. The Civilian Nation leads an uprising on board aiming to take control of the mission when the concept of the singularity finally becomes more than they can take. The Admiral, Steve and many others face a fight for their lives.
Steve must wonder if the people of Earth are meant to survive or in their arrogance, simply trade one hell for another.