The Aquila Mission

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The crew starts to wonder whether they’ll ever make it back to Earth. Their only hope is to trust in, rely on, and love one another. The Aquila Mission is both a thrilling story of man’s first journey beyond the Earth-Moon system and a carefully researched proposal for such a mission in the real world. Rigorously scientific and emotionally stirring all at once. An adventure in hard sci-fi. More
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About Doug Cook

Doug Cook is retired from a thirty-four year career as a petroleum geophysicist. He is now dedicated to writing, astronomy, and climate change awareness. Doug participated in ten years of deep-water submersible studies on chemosynthetic communities of life in the Gulf of Mexico . These extremophile organisms relate to Doug’s passion for astrogeology and exobiology. He is a member American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Chair AAPG Astrogeology Committee, Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG), Vice President Colorado Springs Astronomical Society, member of the Planetary Society, National Space Society, Explore Mars, and Adjunct Astronomy Professor PPCC. He has two daughters and lives in Colorado with his wife Elizabeth.

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About the Series: The Second World
The Second World is a hard sci-fi book series that describes in technological detail how humans will explore and colonize worlds beyond Earth. The Aquila Mission, set in 2023, sends a crew to explore asteroid Bennu and comet 125P to prove that we’re ready to take the next step to have human boots on Mars. Shiva, a dwarf planet, has been knocked out of the Kuiper Belt and is headed toward the inner solar system. It has a one-in-fifty chance to collide with Earth in 2079. Humanity cannot afford to gamble with extinction. Arcadia Mars develops the SpaceX Starship (Colossus) to bring the first colonists to Mars as humanity’s second world in 2035. In The Shiva Encounter, we advance to 2044. The Vishnu ship, hope for human, survival will impact Shiva soon with a 10 gigaton nuclear device. The outcome could deliver salvation or turn the remains of Shiva into a graver threat. Colony ships from Earth are now launched almost faster than the Martian infrastructure can assimilate them. Survival is a constant struggle. In 2054, The Colossus Expansion develops the Colossus into a huge interplanetary ship taking us to Callisto and Titan and beyond. The stars are in our sights.

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ApolloMoon reviewed on June 8, 2019

I really enjoyed the way the author wove the history of our nation's space exploration into his excellently crafted novel. The research must have been staggering and is deserving of 5 stars. Anyone remotely interested in space travel, or the future of the human race, would be interested in reading this book. You did a super job technically on the likely hardware, programmatics, training, operations, space science, and of course, the NASA jargon. You also did a super job on the storyline with plausible conflicts, love interests, back stories, and mission problems. I expect to see this as a movie someday! I look forward to your next book. Well done!
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