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Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets
     

Mining The Sky: Untold Riches From The Asteroids, Comets, And Planets

by John Lewis, Jeffrey Robbins (Editor)
 
s and the pollution of earth, uncountable dollars worth of metals, fuels, and life-sustaining substances await in nearby space. In this book, noted planetary scientist John S. Lewis reveals that vast amounts of these important substances are locked away--for now--in the asteroids, comets, and planets of our own solar system. Photos.

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s and the pollution of earth, uncountable dollars worth of metals, fuels, and life-sustaining substances await in nearby space. In this book, noted planetary scientist John S. Lewis reveals that vast amounts of these important substances are locked away--for now--in the asteroids, comets, and planets of our own solar system. Photos.

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Library Journal
As we near the end of the 20th century, humankind must deal with the energy crisis and the depletion of natural resources. Lewis (Rain of Iron and Ice, LJ 1/96) argues that the solution to both these problems lies beyond the earth-that we can tap the vast resources of the solar system, in particular the asteroids, as a source of materials and the sun as a source of power. He even describes how we could colonize Mars. Introducing each chapter with a science fiction-type prolog, Lewis goes on to tell how all this can be achieved. Through occasionally tedious passages, he argues that his proposals are both technologically and economically feasible if done by private enterprise, not as a government project. For general collections. [Robert M. Zubrin's The Case for Mars, reviewed below, also proposes an economically feasible manned Mars program.-Ed.]-Harold D. Shane, Baruch Coll., CUNY
Booknews
Describes existing space technology that could be used to mine the galaxy for Earth's energy, mineral resource, and food needs. Lewis (codirector, NASA, U. of Arizona Space Engineering Research Center) makes a convincing case for balancing research and economic necessity by proposing strategies to extract oxygen from lunar rocks, harness the natural hydrogen and helium of the gas giant planets to power fusion reactors, and create space vehicles from hollowed out asteroids. His argument rests on the proposition that space exploration is not just an expensive hobby but also a source of tremendous business opportunity. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201479591
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
09/01/1996
Pages:
274
Product dimensions:
6.44(w) x 9.52(h) x 1.02(d)

Meet the Author

Congressman John Lewis was a leader in the American Civil Rights Movement. He was chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and played a key role in the struggle to end segregation. Despite more than 40 arrests, physical attacks, and serious injuries, John Lewis remained a devoted advocate of the philosophy of nonviolence. He is the author of his autobiography, Walking With the Wind: A Memoir of a Movement and is the recipient of numerous awards from national and international institutions including the Lincoln Medal, the John F. Kennedy "Profile in Courage" Lifetime Achievement Award (the only of its kind ever awarded), and the NAACP Spingarn Medal, among many others. He lives in Atlanta, GA.

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