Earthrise – Stranded on the Moon: Astronaut Rescue Mission is a hard sci-fi/thriller by Gabriel Namara.
When Commander Steemson and his crew are forced to make an emergency landing on the Moon, veteran astronaut, Jim Borman, is called out of retirement for this last mission — to fly the only rocket on Earth capable of immediate launch.
Obsessed billionaire, Bill Leeb, has built a Saturn V replica and is willing to put it at NASA’s disposal for the rescue. But on one condition — a condition that places Jim Borman in a moral dilemma and will force a terrible choice on the spaceship’s crew. As preparations go ahead for the rescue, the stranded astronauts make earth-shattering discoveries on the Moon.
“Very creative Plot!” – Astronaut Richard ‘Mike’ Mullane (Space Shuttle Missions STS-41-D, STS-27, STS-36)
“Like a very good Single Malt!” – AndromedaAlpha (Amazon Customer Germany)
A Word from the Author
I wanted to write the book because I wanted to read it, but did not find it anywhere else.
What inspired me was a book by astronaut Mike Mullane, “Riding Rockets” and as a fan of the space program eversince, I knew that there was an old school astronaut adventure yet to be written. Some will remember the Moon Rocket of the 1960’s. Well, I thought that in modern times, old technology might be the only option for a rescue mission, after the new Orion mission crashed on the Moon. What is interesting is that I thought I should give Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin a cameo apprearance as fictional characters – because Apollo 11 might have something in store which my contemporary astronauts needed to escape from the surface of the Moon. There is a flashback that could shed a light on what really happened back in 1969. Politics are everywhere, you know…
(Gabriel Namara, March 2017)