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

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

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by Robert Zubrin, Richard Wagner
     
 

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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. Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new

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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. 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. The book explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within 10 years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with natural resources from the planet itself; 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.

Editorial Reviews

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
From the Publisher
"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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780684827575
Publisher:
Free Press
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.17(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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The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago