The Mission: A True Story
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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.
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