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Allen Steele


Year 2002
Publisher Orbit Science Fiction
ISBN 1841493678



An epic novel of space exploration.

Forty-six light years from Earth, six moons orbit a gas giant three times the mass of Jupiter.  Each has been designated a name from the animal demigods of Native American mythology: Dog, Hawk, Eagle, Coyote, Snake and Goat.

Only the fourth moon, Coyote, is likely to sustain life.  The crew setting out on Mankind's greatest adventure know that the success of the mission will depend on how well they adapt to their new home.  There is no going back.

But Coyote is also known as the trickster.




'An homage to wonder, hope and determinism'.
Stephen Baxter


Saturn's moon Mimas



Credit: NASA

Saturn's Tortured Moon
This false color image of Saturn's moon Mimas reveals variation in the composition and texture across its surface. During its approach to Mimas on Aug. 2, 2005, the Cassini spacecraft’s narrow-angle camera obtained multi-spectral views of the moon from a range of 228,000 kilometers (142,500 miles). This image is a color composite of narrow-angle ultraviolet, green, infrared and clear filter images, which have been specially processed to accentuate subtle changes in the moon’s surface materials. Herschel crater, a 140-kilometer-wide (88-mile) impact feature with a prominent central peak, is visible in the upper right of the image. The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency, and the Italian Space Agency.

NASA Image of the day archive





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