Mission One

by Samuel Best


Titan. Sixth moon of Saturn. A gleaming jewel of natural resources, ripe for harvesting by the first private space company to stake a claim.

Diamond Aerospace launches a ship with an experimental engine that will get a crew to Titan in five months. Their mission is to lay the groundwork for a permanent orbital research station, one that will be the future base of operations for activity on that distant moon.

Shortly after launch, a devastating malfunction forces the crew to make a choice: continue to Titan, or go back home. As the truth about their mission unravels, one thing is clear: someone on Earth knew about the system flaw and covered it up. Humanity’s first voyage beyond Mars quickly turns into a relentless struggle for survival.

Yet even if they make it to Titan, they will face another problem: something is already there.


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Category: Science Fiction – Space Exploration