by Ben Bova and Les Johnson
The first human mission to Mars meets with disaster when a meteoroid strikes the spacecraft. The ship is too far from Earth to simply turn around and return home. The eight-person crew must ride their crippled ship to Mars while they desperately struggle to survive.
On Earth, powerful political forces that oppose human spaceflight try to use the accident as proof that sending humans into space is too dangerous and expensive to continue. The future of human spaceflight hangs in the balance. And if the astronauts can’t nurse their ship to Mars and back, the voyagers will become either the first Martian colonists—or the first humans to perish on another planet.
Booklist (May 15, 2014) says,
"... a suspenseful and compelling narrative of the first human spaceflight to Mars. ... This is sure to please fans of Mars tales and Bova's Grand Tour series."