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TITAN by Stephen Baxter

First edition, first printing, mint, new/unread in a flawless dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author, remainder marked. October 1997 NY: Harper Prism ISBN 9780061052590
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Given the task of dismantling NASA's aging shuttle program after a horrifying re-entry crash, Paula Benecerraf comes up with a bold plan to keep America in space using existing technology. Possible signs of organic life have been found on Titan, Saturn's largest moon. Inspired by this, Benecerraf assembles an unlikely group of visionaries for a dinner party in Houston, and presents them with a mission proposal so preposterous, yet so plausible, that it renders them speechless--then sets them arguing far into the night.

And so begins a new era in space exploration.

The crew includes an aging NASA flyboy; a JPL "double-dome" genius obsessed with extraterrestrial life; a pair of Skylab astronauts who became secret lovers in orbit; and Paula herself, the first grandmother to leave the inner solar system.

The ship is patched together from the remnants of fifty years of spaceflight: Mercury and Gemini hardware, a stripped-down Columbia-class shuttle, a Skylab hab module, a couple of Apollo capsules, and a battery of refurbished F-1 engines--plus some surplus Soviet Topaz nuclears.

The destination is Titan.
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