I did not realize how old this was when I started reading it. I was thinking early 90s for some reason--off by 20+ years! So my initial thoughts of mediocre quality of framing of technology and processes were similarly off and it is really a great book in that regard.
I am not a fan of the report/write-up structure, with the frequent wry sidebars about how the scientists were missing things. One or two of them did nice foreshadowing but that is all I will concede.
I recently read Project Hail Mary and I wonder if some concepts with regards to the organisms in that were inspired by this book. Or maybe it is kind of a genre and other examples exist.