Authors: David S. Goyer,Michael Cassutt
Table of Contents
KEANU APPROACH: TERMINAL PHASE
Part Two - “LONG, GENTLE THUNDER”
Part Three - “SOME FRAGRANT NIGHT”
Part Four - “IN THE WIDE STARLIGHT”
Part Five - “FOR THE DEAD ARE FREE”
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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Goyer, David S.
Heaven’s shadow / David S. Goyer & Michael Cassutt. p. cm.
ISBN : 978-1-101-51654-6
1. Human-alien encounters—Fiction. 2. Space flight—Fiction. I. Cassutt, Michael. II. Title.
To Michael Engelberg
, astronomer and astronaut, commander of
MEGAN DOYLE STEWART
, their daughter
, Rachel’s friend
, NASA public affairs officer, the “voice” of the
PATRICK “POGO” DOWNEY
, vyomanaut, commander of
, exobiologist and
, engineer and
, aerospace physician and
, former astronaut, head of the Home Team
, director of the NASA Johnson Space Center
, former chief astronaut, now
, deputy national security adviser, White House staff
, Patrick Downey’s wife
, crew secretary, Johnson Space Center
KONSTANTIN ALEXANDROVICH FEDOSEYEV
, Russian, now a Revenant
, a Brazilian child, now a Revenant
, lead flight director at Bangalore
THE HOME TEAM
, Yale astronomer
, popular science and sci-fi author
, creator of Cartoon Network’s
, professor at University of California, Irvine
, president of the Planetary Society
, astronaut, capcom
, Megan Doyle Stewart’s parents
, Wackenhut security officer at JSC
Stay-3 flight director
“TO FIND THE SEA”
Near-Earth Objects are comets or asteroids that have been nudged by the gravitational attraction of nearby planets into orbits that allow them to enter the Earth’s neighborhood.
NASA JET PROPULSION LAB, NEAR-EARTH OBJECT PROGRAM FAQ
What if it comes from farther away?
POSTER ALMAZ, JULY 7, 2016
Blue planet Earth and its seven billion human beings lay 440,000 kilometers below—or, given the arbitrary terminology of orientation in space, off to one side. If the sheer magnitude of the distance failed to provide a mind-boggling thrill, Zack Stewart could, by looking out the window, cover his home planet with his thumb.
That small gesture got the point across: He and his three fellow astronauts were farther away from Earth than any human beings in history.
Farther than the Moon.
Yet . . . they were still dealing with its politics, dragged down as completely as if trailing a 440,000-kilometer-long chain with anchor.
It irritated him. Of course, the fact that he had now been without sleep for thirty hours meant that
irritated him. He was forty-three, a compact, muscular man with considerable experience in spaceflight, including two tours aboard the International Space Station. And now he was commander of
, responsible for four lives and a multibillion-dollar spacecraft on a mission unlike any ever attempted.
He knew he should be pacing himself. But the stress of preparing for today’s unprecedented maneuvers—440,000 kilometers from Earth!—had robbed him of sleep. Mission control in Houston had been uploading scripts for burns that would adjust
s flight path, but the computer code was too fresh from some Honeywell cubicle and kept crashing. NASA called these commands
. To Zack, the
The process reminded him of the time he had tried to load Windows onto a laptop in Antarctica . . . with dial-up. Then as now, the only choice was to grind slowly through it.