Alan Binder Moonquake

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Moonquake

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9781928771258: Moonquake

Dr. Alan Binder was the catalyst and brains behind the Lunar Prospector space mission to the Moon. He is the noted discoverer of water at the lunar poles.

In this, his first science fiction novel, he tells the captivating story of humanity's first permanent base on the Moon. Binder writes with the scientific and technical insight of one who knows his trade, that of building and operating a cislunar transportation system and moon base. Echoes of real-life government strife abound, leading to decisions that ignore expert advice and ultimately lead to disastrous consequences.

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Alan Binder, PhD, is a space scientist with over 43 years of experience as a lunar and planetary scientist, a spacecraft design and systems engineer, and a lunar base and manned Mars mission designer. He has worked in both the American and European space programs and was a Principal Investigator on the Lander Camera Team of the 1976 Viking Mars Lander Missions. He was the Principal Investigator of the Lunar Prospector mission and was responsible for all of its phases -- mission definition, spacecraft design, construction, testing, and mission operations. The Lunar Prospector orbital mapping mission provided the first complete, global maps of the compositions of the Moon's surface and its gravity and magnetic fields -- as well as discovering and mapping the polar hydrogen deposits that are believed to be water ice. He is also the author of Lunar Prospector: Against All Odds, his account of Lunar Prospector from its beginning in late 1988, as a private effort, to its successful conclusion, as a NASA supported mission, in July 1999. He lives in Tucson with his wife Rebecca and is the Director of the Lunar Research Institute and the CEO of Lunar Exploration Inc.

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Time-driven as it is, Moonquake is a fast-paced story and it is never boring. The author is very effective at mixing technological issues with very human narratives. Fans of hard science fiction will eat this up like addictive candy. --Ben Nault, President, Tucson L5 Space Society

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