When the Rocket Girls accidentally splash down in the pond of Yukari Morita's old school, it looks as though their experiment is ruined. Luckily, the geeky Akane is there to save the day. Fitting the profile--she's intelligent, enthusiastic, and petite--Akane is soon recruited by the Solomon Space Association. Yukari and Akane are then given the biggest Rocket Girl mission yet: to do what NASA astronauts cannot and save a probe headed to the minor planet Pluto and the very edge of the solar system.
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A joy to read
An excellent follow up to Rocket Girls as a third teen astronaut joins the Solomon Space Association and Yukari and Co. test their mettle against another of the Big Guys of space flight. This is a wonderful antidote to the plethora of supernatural and apocalyptic fiction flooding bookstores. It reads like one of Robert Heinlein's early young adult novels, without the lone hero overcoming all odds. Instead, we have heroines who must cooperate with others to succeed.