The Mission: A True Story


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6.3 X 9.2 X 1.7 inches | 1.45 pounds
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About the Author

David W. Brown is a freelance writer whose nonfiction appears frequently in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Scientific American, and Smithsonian. His other publishers include The New Yorker, Vox, and Foreign Policy. He is an Antarctic expeditioner, an endurance runner, a former Army paratrooper, and a veteran of Afghanistan. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Arkansas at Monticello. The Mission is his fourth book. Brown lives in New Orleans.


"Europa is the sparkly jewel of the Jupiter system and learning its mysteries is a delight, but it's the people and their dreams and their stories that shine in The Mission. David W. Brown deftly weaves together the science, the history, and the politics to write the definitive account of one of NASA's most exciting upcoming missions."--Dr. Mike Brown, Caltech astronomer and author of How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming
With deftness and vigor, David W. Brown brings to life the intricate science, the historical heft and, most exquisitely, the beating hearts at the center of his sprawling, immersive story. With rich characters, an epic struggle and a Herculean resolve, The Mission is an extraordinary tale, extraordinarily told.--Megan Abbott, bestselling author of Dare Me and Give Me Your Hand
"An enthusiastic account of an interplanetary probe to a distant moon... NASA continues to accomplish great feats, and more are in the offing, including this book's subject: the 2024 launch of a multibillion-dollar spacecraft to explore Jupiter's moon Europa. ... Brown engagingly describes the cutthroat NASA political landscape... A delightful slice of NASA life."
--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Absolutely riveting from the very first page. David W. Brown is a beautiful writer who brings this incredible story to life in sharp, surprising prose. It is a true pleasure to read.--Aryn Kyle, award-winning author of The God of Animals and Boys and Girls Like You and Me
This is one of the most impressive works of nonfiction I've ever read. It defies genre in many ways. It's science, yes, but it's driven by characters--brilliant, real-life scientists with contagious determination. David W. Brown turns complex planetary science into lyrical, accessible prose... It was compulsively readable and astonishing in scholarship. --Erin Entrada Kelly, Newbery Medal-winning author of Hello, Universe

"Brown skillfully braids biography, science, obsession, and accounts of bureaucracy-wrangling into this mesmerizing tale of 'good, bare-fisted science.' Salted with pop culture references and humor, Brown's fascinating outing will entertain anyone curious about space exploration."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"Brown leaves no door closed as he covers the science, logistics, personalities, and politics of this extraordinary NASA mission. His extensively researched, humorous, raucous, dramatic, and pop-culture-and science-fiction-laced immersion in planetary science will have readers hanging on every word."--Booklist