In the early 1950s, a meteorite strikes Earth causing cataclysmic damage and plunging the world straight toward an extinction event. Non-communist countries from around the world unite in a space race to save humanity. A female pilot and NASA calculator, who first predicted the coming extinction event, dreams of becoming an astronaut and has all the necessary qualifications except she is a woman. Can she change the minds of those in charge?

An engaging alternate history that is well-paced with just the right balance of science, social issues, and compelling characters and situations to keep the reader turning pages late into the night. I loved it, despite my intense dislike of "space" books.

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