I'm looking for a sci-fi book title

I’m search for the title of a S.F book that I read as a teenager. Owe follow a man who takes up his father's challenge, a space race to find the corpse of his older brother. During his travel, his ship is "destroyed" by a kind of cloud which feeds on the metal of the ship. In the end, the hero managed to find his brother's corpse, and we learn that his biological father is some sort of Captain Nemo who died in that same space race.
I'm sorry not to be more precise, it's been too long since I read it.

P.S : I believe the author is an respecting science fiction writer.
Do you recall any of the character names? Or do you recall the names of any planets or cities mentioned in the story?

Perhaps the names of spaceships, or their product names (like "the Xigal X-60 Starchaser")?

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