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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad

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http://172hoursonthemoon.com It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. But three ordinary teenagers are about to change that and their lives – forever.
http://172hoursonthemoon.com It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. But three ordinary teenagers are about to change that and their lives – forever.

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Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on Mar 12, 2012
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PRoLoGUe: FeBRUARY 2010
“Gentlemen, it’s time,” Dr. said, eyeing the sevenmen in suits seated around the large conference table.
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ey weresome of the most powerful people in the country, together inthe largest meeting room at NASA headquarters in Washing-ton, D.C. It was nearing eleven o’clock at night.
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ey would have to make a decision soon.“So, what’s it going to be, then?” Dr.askedimpatiently.
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e cigarette smoke in the room was thick and impenetrable,making the atmosphere even gloomier. All rules forbiddingsmoking in government o
ces had fallen by the wayside asnerves came to a head.“Well,” one of the seven began, chewing on his pencil, “it’s an
 
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incredibly risky proposition. You must know that. Is it really worth it?”“People had already completely lost interest in the moon mis-sions before the last launch in 1972,” another one said. “Why doyou think they’d be on board with us going back?”“It could be done,” a third said. “We could tell them there’s agood chance of 
nding large amounts of tantalum seventy-threeat the moon’s south pole.”
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e room was suddenly buzzing, the tension starting tocrescendo.“You don’t want to go back to the south pole, trust me.”“Of course not.”“It’ll kill you.“I’m aware of that.”“If you ask me, I say leave the whole place alone.”“Gentlemen,” Dr.interrupted, “do you have any idea how important a discovery tantalum seventy-three wouldbe? Most current technology is dependent on this material. Peo-ple would be throwing money at us.“So we’re going up there to search for natural resources? Ithought —” one of the other men said.Dr. interrupted him again. “No, we’re not.
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e chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staffcleared his throat.“Let me put the cards on the table for you, gentlemen. We are notgoing to the south pole of the moon, and whether or not tantalumseventy-three is found on the moon is completely immaterial.Confusion spread through the room.“I presume some of you are familiar with Project Horizon?”he continued.

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