"But I just have to say pretty bluntly here: We’ve been there before. Buzz has been there."
"If the leadership we have acquired through our investment [in NASA] is simply allowed to fade away, other nations will surely step in where we have faltered . . . "
"Our vision is that we will explore asteroids and the surface of Mars — as America and the rest of humanity journey toward our ultimate destiny in the stars."
Introducing Platinum Moon, a novel:
After NASA abandons plans to return to the Moon, New Hampshire native and global entrepreneur Harold Hewitt steps in to fill the void. Rejecting the notion that the exploration of space must be reserved to government, Hewitt establishes Lunar Materials LLC to prospect for lunar platinum – platinum needed for fuel cells that will help mitigate global warming. Hewitt sees himself as an old fashioned Yankee trader, touting his lunar ambitions as an altruistic endeavor undertaken in harmonious collaboration with global partners. His opponents view Hewitt as a Yankee traitor selling out his country in pursuit of profit.
A well orchestrated media and marketing campaign culminates in unprecedented worldwide television ratings as Lt. Commander David Anders, an expatriate naval aviator, leads an international crew to the lunar surface on-board PGM-1, the world's first fully reusable lunar lander. Hewitt’s ambitious plans, however, threaten powerful interests and when unexpected trouble strikes PGM-1, the entire world watches and wonders whether they will soon witness another first – the first humans to die stranded on the barren lunar surface.
Platinum Moon is filled with scientific and engineering detail as well as insights into the nuances of international relations, the power of the global media and America’s uncertain role in the 21st century. Implications arising from the ownership of extraterrestrial resources and extensions of national sovereignty beyond Earth are also addressed, as are the internal struggles of vivid characters wrestling with conflicts between personal goals, obligations to family and duty to country. The novel also breaks new ground by portraying a privately owned EML-1 Gateway Station and a thriving sub-orbital rocket racing league centered at Spaceport America near Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Platinum Moon will appeal to those interested in space exploration and realistic science fiction as well as anyone who enjoys international intrigue and adventure.
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