July 4, 2049: Sixteen years after a chance discovery by an astronomer in the New Mexico desert, the first real attempt to send humans beyond our solar system is nearly ready.
The New York Times calls the Galileo Project, 'Like trying to go the moon...during the time of Jules Verne...'
Newsweek magazine goes even further, calling Galileo 'the most expensive suicide mission in history.'
None of this matters to the crew of the Galileo Explorer. They have trained together for more than a decade and they are ready. Few give them any chance of success.
This is their story.