Case for Mars

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 28, 2011 - Science - 368 pages
Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit.

Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.

The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars—a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.
 

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User Review  - jzacsh - LibraryThing

Not a thrilling book I'd recommend to just anyone, exactly. But still a great book if you're interested in space, space agencies' complexities, how politics play a part, and you're not afraid of science words :P Read full review

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User Review  - pjsullivan - LibraryThing

Humans will never settle on Mars. It will always be beyond the range of human habitability. The lesser gravity, the cosmic radiation, the dust storms, the climate, the thinness of the atmosphere, the ... Read full review

Contents

From Kepler to the Space Age 19
19
Killing the Dragons Avoiding the Sirens
125
Exploring Mars
151
The View from Earth
293
The Significance of the Martian Frontier
323
Appendix II
355
References
371
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Robert Zubrin, formerly a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin, is the founder of Pioneer Astronautics, a space-exploration research and development firm. Currently chairman of the executive committee of the National Space Society, Dr. Zubrin lives with his family in Indian Hills, Colorado.

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