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Farside

The Grand Tour Series: Book #19
By Ben Bova
Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki / 9 hours 39 minutes

Farside, the side of the moon that never faces Earth, isthe ideal location for an astronomical observatory. It is also the setting fora tangled web of politics, personal ambition, love, jealousy, and murder.

Telescopes on Earth have detected an Earth-sized planetcircling a star some thirty light-years away. The race is on to obtainphotographs and spectra that show whether or not the planet is truly likeEarth—and if it bears life. Farside observatory will have the largest opticaltelescope in the solar system, as well as a vast array of radio antennas—themost sensitive radio telescope possible, insulated from the interference ofEarth’s radio chatter by a thousand kilometers of the moon’s solid mass.

Building the Farside observatory is a complex and oftendangerous task. On the airless surface of the moon—under constant bombardmentby hard radiation and infalling micrometeoroids—builders must work incumbersome spacesuits and use robotic machines as much as possible. Breakdowns,both mechanical and emotional, are commonplace. Accidents happen, some of themfatal. But what they ultimately find will stun everyone, and the human racewill never be the same.

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