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In this chapter, Straker gets his first look at the rest of the crew: in addition to the captain, there’s an arrogant PHD acting as first officer, along with an attractive, young career woman and a goofy jock who’s anxious for a shot at her.
The crew launches into lunar orbit from a so-called “mass driver”, which is basically an electromagnetic gun that gets its payload going fast enough to reach orbit.  See the picture taken from a lunar base concept drawing by NASA.

 

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