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by Ron Goulart.
OVERVIEW: What if one of the greatest space adventures was really a hoax? When the head of NASA's manned Mars mission discovers that the capsule meant to carry the astronauts will suffer a catastrophic failure, he forces them to participate in a hoax by broadcasting their "Mission" from a studio built in an abandoned air force base. Over many months, the astronauts are forced to film broadcasts on their progress. All is going well until they learn that the only way for the hoax to be maintained is for them to die upon re-entry. Their only chance for survival is to make a desperate attempt to escape. Throughout this period, an investigative reporter gets wind of the fact that something is amiss and slowly puts together the pieces of the mystery.
First 1978 Fawcett paperback. 189 pages. Sealed upon receipt here. In Very Good condition.