Mike Mars Around the Moon by Donald A Wollheim
Paperback – Paperback Library – 1966
“Mike’s assignment is to make the first manned flight around the moon. Suddenly it becomes a suicide mission, for the Russians are determined to get there before him. Their plan to win the moon race includes a sinister plot to stop Mike Mars. Mike must escape — if he hopes to see Earth again!” YA science fiction novel; eighth in the series. Illustrated by Albert Orbaan.