(Found) Finds alien spaceport and take ships on journeys to unknown destinations

AceS

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I read this paperback in the late 70's or early 80's. I believe the spaceport was found on Mars (?). The spaceship seats were very uncomfortable to humans and they did not know exactly how to operate the ships. People knew enough to fire them up and send them off to pre-programmed destinations. Some journeys were splendors, others never returned and were presumed lost. It was the first sci-fi books i read and I'd like to read it again. Thanks!
 

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I don't see anyway that the book is not the very first in the Heechee trilogy "Gateway" by Frederick Pohl.
 

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Delighted to be of assistance.

I'm not very good at remembering details of things I read long ago; but that one was so good, as was your description, that I remembered it instantly.

(This is exactly the second time in half a dozen years that I have scored on a book search thread.)
 
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