Disaster Accelerates the Space Race in The Calculating Stars

Disaster Accelerates the Space Race in The Calculating Stars

In an alternate version of 1952, a meteorite hits the Atlantic Ocean and triggers a tidal wave and earthquake that annihilates Washington, D.C. and devastates the rest of the East Coast of the United States. Most people urge the fledgling space program to focus on satellites meant to detect and possibly stop future meteors, but a meteorologist and a brilliant mathematician work together to understand the lasting impact the strike is likely to have on Earth. When Elma York finishes her calculations and shares them with her rocket scientist husband Nathaniel, he sums up the situation rather neatly: "We have to get off this fucking planet."

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