Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic

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The dramatic story of a band of space pioneers, who simulated a mission to the Red Planet in the most desolate regions on Earth.

Here is the incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them. From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society undertook a virtual exploration of Mars in the most isolated spots on Earth, where they replicated and studied the real-life ...

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Overview

The dramatic story of a band of space pioneers, who simulated a mission to the Red Planet in the most desolate regions on Earth.

Here is the incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them. From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society undertook a virtual exploration of Mars in the most isolated spots on Earth, where they replicated and studied the real-life challenges of exploring the Red Planet.

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Adult/High School-If the space program had not been aborted after the Moon landings, we could have gone to Mars as early as 1981. In this inspiring account of human ingenuity and determination, "children and grandchildren of Apollo" set out to put humans back on the path to space-not through political action, but by "[launching] a science project." Zubrin shares the inside story of the formation of the Mars Society and the pursuit of its ambitious goal. His passion for the project creates a sense of immediacy and draws readers in as he relates how the group chose Earth locations to serve as Mars analogs, built habitats there, and carried out experiments that tested the performance of equipment and people in Mars-like conditions. These "sims" yielded many unexpected and often fascinating insights into mission technologies, exploration tactics, and "human-factors design," preparing the way for actual missions. Zubrin explains the science and describes the people with humor and enthusiasm, revealing warts, setbacks, and successes. Diagrams and excellent color photographs help readers to visualize key individuals, equipment, and events. After the Arctic station was established, two more independently funded Mars analog stations were created, in the Utah desert and in Iceland, where volunteers continue to explore "Mars on Earth"; students can follow their adventures on the Web. Those still asking, "Isn't a Mars expedition too expensive/dangerous/irrelevant?" or "Why do we need to look for life/do this when we have problems at home/send people when we can send robots instead?" will find stimulating and compelling answers here.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585422555
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/29/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.34 (h) x 1.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Zubrin is an astronautical engineer and the author of The Case for Mars and Entering Space.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1 The Challenge of Mars 1
2 Searching for Martian Life on Earth 13
3 Enter the Mars Society 39
4 Devon Island 73
5 Toward Flashline Station 91
6 Crisis in the Arctic 117
7 Preparing the Simulation 151
8 Letters from Mars: Devon Island, 2001 179
9 Into the Desert 225
10 A Thousand Days on Mars 265
11 Lessons of the Sims 295
12 Where Do We Go from Here? 333
References 341
Index 344
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2003

    On To Mars !

    This book is another in the great series of Books that Dr. Zubrin has written. It is the story of The Mars Society and the various projects that they have undertaken to promote manned flights to Mars. It is fascinating and very well written. Dr. Zubrin writes with a style that both informs and entertains. The best part of a new book by him is wading into the great narrative, the history ,the humor and the insights. The worst part is finishing, and realizing it may be awhile before you get another treat like this.Get This Book!

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