The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

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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. But all that changed when leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct. When it was first published in 1996, The Case for Mars became an instant classic, lauded widely for its game-changing perspective by those who would see the American space program ...

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Overview

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. But all that changed when leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct. When it was first published in 1996, The Case for Mars became an instant classic, lauded widely for its game-changing perspective by those who would see the American space program rise to the challenge of Mars; Carl Sagan called Zubrin the man who, “nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue.” Now, fifteen years later, Zubrin brings readers up to date in this revised and updated anniversary edition filled with spectacular illustrations, extraordinary photographs, and one-of-a-kind anecdotes.

Unlike the dead world of the Moon, the Martian landscape is filled with possibility, but humans must be able to survive there. In the grand tradition of successful explorers, Zubrin calls for a travel-light and live-off-the-land approach to Martian settlement. He explains how scientists can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars; produce fuel and oxygen on the planet’s surface with its own natural resources; build bases and settlements; and one day terraform—or alter the atmosphere of the planet in order to pave the way for sustainable life. As the landmark mission of the Mars Science Laboratory begins, Zubrin lays out a comprehensive plan to build life on a new world.

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"Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue." Carl Sagan The Denver Post

"In this thoughtful, thorough and inspiring book...[Zubrin] systematically and convincingly destroys the conventional wisdom about Mars travel." Michael D. Lemonick Newsday

"One of the most provocative and hopeful documents I have read about the space program in 20 years. — The New York Times Book Review, Dennis Overbye

Dennis Overbye
One of the most provocative and hopeful documents I have read about the space program in 20 years. -- The New York Times
Carl Sagan
Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue. -- The Denver Post
Michael D. Lemonick
In this thoughtful, thorough and inspiring book. . .[Zubrin] systematically and convincingly destroys the conventional wisdom about Mars travel. -- Newsday
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Presented with illustrations, photographs and anecdotes, space exploration authority Dr. Zubrin explains how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within the next 10 years. His vision is not some pie-in-the-sky pipe dream, but a real blueprint that shows clearly how we can produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface using Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlement; and how we can one day terraform Mars -- a process than can alter the atmosphere of planets, pave the way for sustainable life, and make repeated humans-to-Mars missions possible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451608113
  • Publisher: Free Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 490,359
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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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  • Posted September 29, 2011

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    The stars are ours! The first step is going to Mars.

    Robert Zubrin combines genuine enthusiasm for space exploration with the levelheaded pragmatism you want in an engineer (which he is). That second quality is essential, as skeptical readers may find themselves shaking their heads at the matter-of-fact way in which Zubrin dispels objections to going to Mars. He makes the journey sound not only easy but logical and inspiring. The book has just two minor weaknesses: First, Zubrin can seem partisan - arguing not just for Mars but against alternative projects, like lunar exploration. Second, occasionally he goes into more detail than really necessary. For instance, plans to name Martian months seem premature, albeit interesting. getAbstract recommends his fascinating book to skeptics who don't see why society should bother with space, to those old enough to remember the glory days of the "Apollo" missions, and to anyone interested in bold scientific exploration. This is a trip you can take.

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