I'm trying to find the title of a youth sci-fi book about subterranean travel into the earth with a one-man rocket. Perhaps published in the 60's or 50's.

The story follows one man traveling through a pre-drilled shaft straight down into the earth by rocket. Finally he arrives into a vast cavernous space deep inside the earth where he explores. Thank you for any help you can offer...

  • I remember something vaguely similar about a team of 4 who used a rocket to explore an enormous underground cavern - so large that any (rope, cable, chain, or combination thereof) they lowered in eventually got too heavy to support itself. Any of that ring a bell, or is that a different book?
    – gowenfawr
    Feb 6, 2016 at 0:26

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I just found the book!.."THE MOHOLE MYSTERY by Hugh Walters published 1969- (aka THE MOHOLE MENANCE).

I did a search for Sci-fi books from the 60's using google and came up with a wikipedia listing of popular sci-fi books available from that era!...Great resource for future reference!!

Here's a brief plot summary from Wikipedia:

"A drilling project in Dudley in the West Midlands region of the United Kingdom hits a cavern 20 miles beneath the surface of the Earth and detects strange microbes. UNEXA send Russian Serge Smylov down to search for other forms of life in a rocket-propelled capsule but it is damaged when it hits the bottom of the cavern. Then strange creatures start attacking him..."


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