Robert Zubrin is an internationally renowned astronautical engineer and the acclaimed author of The Case for Mars. NASA recently adapted his humans-to-Mars mission plan. A former senior engineer at Lockheed Martin, Zubrin is the founder of Pioneer Astronautics, a successful space exploration and development firm. He lives in Indian Hills, Colorado.
Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilizationby Robert Zubrin
--Frederick Turner, American Enterprise
Using nuts-and-bolts engineering and a unique grasp of human history, Robert Zubrin takes us to the not-very-distant future, when our global society will branch out into the universe. From the current-day prospect of lunar/b>/b>
"Robert Zubrin is a true engineering genius like the heroic engineers of the past."
--Frederick Turner, American Enterprise
Using nuts-and-bolts engineering and a unique grasp of human history, Robert Zubrin takes us to the not-very-distant future, when our global society will branch out into the universe. From the current-day prospect of lunar bases and Mars settlements to the outer reaches of other galaxies, Zubrin delivers the most important and forward-looking work on space and the true possibilities of human exploration since Carl Sagan's Cosmos.
Sagan himself said of Zubrin's humans-to-Mars plan, "Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue." With Entering Space, he takes us further, into the prospect of human expansion to the outer planets of our own solar system--and beyond.
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This book lays out a beautiful plan for exploring and colonizing space. I simply loved it. This book should be distributed to the public to help raise awareness of HOW humanity should plan its future in the cosmos.
This is one of those rare books that every few pages allows its reader to sit back, stare off into space, and say 'Wow!' As a nuclear engineer with some ancient history in nuclear space propulsion (and a one-time consultant to Industrial Light and Magic), the author's insights and practical grounding (no pun intended) can be startling. This guy's has some really great ideas! If there is one place I think he is out of his league and maybe shooting from the hip, it's turning biology into theology. Still, I can't find specifics where he started his thought process from the wrong assumptions so maybe I just need to stretch my mind more - but that's one of the great pleasures of this book. Clearly, it's time to dust off the blueprints for the NERVA nuclear rocket, the one ready to be flight tested in 1972 when it fell to Nixon's budget axe. This machine could have taken us to Mars! Bet we can do better now - all we have to do is get busy.
Forget the notion that space travel is the stuff of pipe dreams or sci-fi movies, or that it is only to achieve arcane scientific goals. Think instead about humanity's recent history: A few venturesome souls in rickety seagoing vessels dared to cross the oceans and what they found ignited the greatest migration in human history. The discovery of the Americas by Europeans is one of the great feats of humankind, and the steppingstone to an explosion of human knowledge and creativity. Bob Zubrin has mapped a similar path to our nearby celestial neighbors and even to the stars beyond. Not only is Zubrin's plan doable, but he makes the case that it's absolutely necessary for humanity to survive and thrive. If for no other reason than a global catastrophe that could extinguish all human life, we ought to be using the tools we have to begin to inhabit Mars. But there are many more reasons for going into space en masse: endless sources of energy, minerals and knowledge await us. The alternative is sit here on planet Earth, stagnate as a people and await our demise. Bob Zubrin has a vision. It is mapped out beautifully in 'Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization'. For those who are not inclined to trudge through sometimes complex technical and scientific discussions, you can skim those parts of this book and still grasp the essential message. It's one worth getting. It's the next great adventure for humanity, but we must be bold enough to seize the opportunity.