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On to Mars: Colonizing a New World

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In 1998 Dr. Robert Zubrin brought into being the Mars Society, and thousands of people from around the world have flocked to his banner. People from all walks of life have shown support for the exploration and colonization of Mars. Each year the Mars Society holds its annual conference, when experts and enthusiasts can meet to present and exchange ideas and information. From the first four years' conferences have been chosen a wide variety of the many papers presented, and then collected together in one volume. ...
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Overview

In 1998 Dr. Robert Zubrin brought into being the Mars Society, and thousands of people from around the world have flocked to his banner. People from all walks of life have shown support for the exploration and colonization of Mars. Each year the Mars Society holds its annual conference, when experts and enthusiasts can meet to present and exchange ideas and information. From the first four years' conferences have been chosen a wide variety of the many papers presented, and then collected together in one volume. The included CD-ROM contains 60 more papers as well as a half-hour video created specially for this book.

The future of mankind lies with the colonization of other planets, and eventually other solar systems, and colonizing Mars is the essential first step. With its ever growing population and dwindling resources, the end of Earth's time as the sole home of humanity is drawing near. In a life where most of us spend the majority of our time in the day-to-day activities of simply surviving, the people of the Mars Society are looking beyond the immediate future to the needs of the human race as a whole. This embodies a definite sense of social responsibility.

Although some aspects of exploring and colonizing Mars still need refining and fine tuning, the lion's share of the technology and the understanding of the human condition are already in existence. The major missing factor is simply the realization and the commitment necessary to begin. The people of the Mars Society are working to educate and convince the political powers, the industry leaders, and you and me. We all have a stake in this. Many of the diverse specializations and concerns of Mars missions are introduced and explained in this book. Members of the Mars Society share with us their ideas, their knowledge, and their dreams, and encourage us to understand and commit to an important undertaking in the future survival of mankind.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896522906
  • Publisher: Collector's Guide Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Apogee Books Space Series
  • Edition description: BK&CD-ROM
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.86 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 5
Founding Declaration of the Mars Society 7
Opening Address to the Founding Convention of the Mars Society 8
Plans and Overviews of Proposed Mars Missions
From Earth to Mars: A Cooperative Plan 16
Building Earth's Ark to Mars--Another Strategy for The Mars Society 19
Mars Fast Forward 24
Operation Greenspace: A Proposal to Develop a Series of Hotels Devoted to Promoting Science Education, Human Exploration, and Ecologically Sustainable Living 28
Outline of an Integrated Space Program 28
Research and Education Pertaining to Mars Missions
Children of Mars 34
M.A.R.S.2--The Mars Society's Advanced Research Station 36
Space Education, Creativity and Colonization 40
Yes I Can! Science 46
A Conceptual Model of an Exobiology Robotics Laboratory to Search for Life on Martian Water 47
Mars Mission Funding and Return On Investment
Financing a Manned Mission to Mars 48
The Ares Fund: To Mars on Our Own Nickel(s) 54
Private Mars Landing: Fast Return on Investment 56
$pace: The Final Financial Frontier? 59
Sponsoring Contracts for Privately Funded Space Programs 63
Space Tourism After Dennis Tito 66
Space Propulsion Systems for Mars Missions
Electrical Propulsion and Space Power Systems 74
Regolith Rockets, A Gateway for Cheap Access to Deep Space 77
Mars Mission Crew Considerations in Space and On Planet
Crew Selection for Long Distance Voyages: Lessons for Mars Missions from Polar Expeditions and the Space Program 83
EEG Biofeedback and its Potential Impact on Long Duration Space Missions 86
Exploration of Mars--The Challenge of Weightlessness 89
Habitats and Vehicles on the Surface of Mars
A Modular Construction System for a Martian Manned Base 92
The Long Range Mars Rover 101
Human Exploration of Canyons on Mars 104
Aviation on Mars 108
An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle on Mars 110
Terraforming and Human Ecologies on Mars
Interstellar Panspermia Reconsidered: Implications for the Search for Life on Mars 112
Mars Sample Return: A Need for Revisions to Current Policy to Safeguard Ecological Diversity 118
A Human Signature on Mars as a Symbol of a Future Terraforming 125
A Survey of Mars Terraforming in Speculative Fiction 129
Terraforming Mars with Four War-Surplus Bombs 134
The Value of Rust 137
A Study of Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbital Camera (MOC) Images of Probable Water Seepages--Are They Dust Slides as NASA Claims Or Proof of Water on Mars? 139
Power, Communications and Computer Technologies for Mars
Mars Surface Power Technology Options 146
What About the Data? 154
Communications Infrastructure to Support Human Activities on Mars 159
Video Technologies for Mars 165
Very Low Bitrate Video for Mars Missions 171
Social and Ethical Considerations of Humans on Mars
Do Indigenous Martian Bacteria have Precedence over Human Exploration? 177
Several Theological Considerations Concerning Plans for Terraforming Mars 182
Religious Values and The Martian Venture 186
The Ethical Commercialization of Outer Space 191
Observations Regarding The Intellectual, Ethical and Spiritual Formation of Future "Martians" 195
A Code of Ethics for Martian and Off-Earth Commerce 198
"Be Fruitful And Multiply"--Divine Creation and the Motivation to Colonize Mars 204
Dissident Colonies 208
First on Mars Should Own It 211
The Need for a Government for Mars Prior to Human Exploration 216
Society and Government: How Can We Avoid the Same Mistakes on Mars? 225
Our Two Planets: To Free Enterprise from Capitalism for Civilizations on Mars and Earth 229
The Race to Settle Mars--Is the Public Ready? 230
Legal Considerations of Humans on Mars
Designing a New Space Law 233
The Mars Society
Your First Mars Society Presentation 245
Recommendations From Toronto: Managing a Mars Society Convention From A to Z 246
How The Louisiana Mars Society Got Local Media and Political Attention 250
The Mars Society Parallel Computer--An Organizational Scheme for Solving the Problem of Getting to Mars 252
The Mars Society Measure of Readiness 254
The Hakluyt Prize Letters 257
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