Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration [NOOK Book]

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Seeking to reenergize Americans’ passion for the space program, the value of the Moon, and the importance of people in the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its extraordinary achievements. He emphasizes the importance of continuing manned and unmanned space missions to American and human interests, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Remaining cognizant of space exploration’s practical and financial ...
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Mankind Beyond Earth: The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

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Overview


Seeking to reenergize Americans’ passion for the space program, the value of the Moon, and the importance of people in the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its extraordinary achievements. He emphasizes the importance of continuing manned and unmanned space missions to American and human interests, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Remaining cognizant of space exploration’s practical and financial obstacles, Piantadosi nevertheless challenges us to revitalize our leadership in space and reap its vast scientific bounty.

Along with being a captivating story of ambition, invention, and discovery, Piantadosi’s history explains why space exploration is increasingly difficult and why space experts always seem to disagree. He argues that the future of the space program requires merging the practicalities of exploration with the constraints of human biology. Space science deals with the unknown, and the margin (and budget) for error is small. Lethal near-vacuum conditions, deadly cosmic radiation, microgravity, vast distances, and highly scattered resources remain immense physical problems. To be competitive, America needs to develop affordable space transportation and flexible exploration strategies grounded in sound science. Piantadosi closes with suggestions for accomplishing these goals, combining his skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable belief in space’s untapped—and wholly worthwhile—potential.
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Pianatadosi (pathology, Duke Univ.; The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments) specializes in studies of survival in extreme environments. Here he offers a brief history of human space exploration; a discussion of various strategies for extending human excursions to asteroids, the Moon (again), Mars, the outer planets of the Sun, and even targets beyond the solar system; and a rigorous examination of the very special and expensive conditions needed for human survival on such trips. The chapters on survival requirements are moderately technical but should be comprehensible even to space fans who lack advanced training in science, engineering, and/or medicine. Pianatadosi seems personally to favor a base on the Moon followed by visits to Mars, but he is against prioritizing asteroid visits. However, some readers may find the survival requirements so daunting that they end up opposing further human-staffed space trips. VERDICT Recommended for readers intrigued by the real-life requirements of space exploration.—Jack W. Weigel, formerly with Univ. of Michigan Lib., Ann Arbor
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231531030
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,150,077
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author


Claude A. Piantadosi, M.D., is professor and director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he trained in Undersea Medicine and saturation diving in the U.S. Navy and in respiratory physiology and pulmonary medicine at Duke. He is an author on more than 300 scientific papers and of The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments.
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