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“Imagine meeting a century and a half ago with John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, George Eastman, Henry Ford, and Thomas Edison. That's what this book is like: a visit with the entrepreneurs who will be the movers and shakers of the space frontier.” —Ben Bova
“Paula Berinstein has written a lively, very readable account of ‘colorful people tackling the same basic problem in a variety of ways.’ That problem is opening up space—both near the Earth and on the Moon and Mars—to broad-scale human activity. Berinstein does an eminently fair but also very engrossing job of presenting, often in their own words, the ideas of a cross-section of space entrepreneurs...This is a must-read book for everyone interested in space development.” —John M. Logsdon, Director, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University
Posted February 28, 2003
It has been evident for a long time that a new approach to space flight is needed. But what is that new approach, and who are the people who are going to put it together? The answers to those questions remain elusive. Paula Berenstein's book "Making Space Happen" does not answer those questions -- but it is a good start. She spent three years researching the topic, interviewing many of the space entrepreneurs working to find that new approach and bring it to market. Each of its 20 chapters profiles an individual, or team of individuals, working on one aspect of the problem: space law, insurance, human responses to zero-gravity, etc. Those chapters include generous portions of the interview subjects' comments -- all cogent, some remarkably candid. At the end of each chapter, Ms. Berinstein presents her own views. While she is generally in favor of these innovative approaches to space flight, she is often skeptical about details. Four appendices go into greater detail about space tourism market issues, market surveys, regulatory issues, and propulsion. A bibliography, a glossary, a biographical sketch of the author, and a thorough index round out the well-illustrated book. "Making Space Happen" is a good read and a valuable addition to the library of anyone interested in what is going to be happening in space exploration during the next decade.
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