Voyage by Stephen Baxter
From the author of ‘Flood’, ‘Ark’ and ‘Moonseed’ comes this tale of a world that never was. This is a tale of the right stuff in a world somewhat different than our own. In this world, JFK survived the bullets in Dallas and has become an avid proponent of NASA urging on human exploration of Mars.
A mission to Mars will take decades to plan, fiance, build and staff. It will cost lives and much will have to be sacrificed. But in the end three humans will journey to Mars and walk on alien world.
This is a gripping tale of space exploration and postulates a very plausible world where the first human walked on Mars in 1986. This was good.