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Overview

Many environmentalists think going into space detracts from solving problems here on Earth. Many astrophysicists feel environmentalism hampers their exploration and settlement of space. Actually environmentalism and space exploration have one and the same objective, argues leading astro-biologist Professor Charles Cockell: to ensure humanity has a home.

Cockell calls for a fusion of the two movements as the only way forward. The technologies we develop to live sustainably on Earth, such as wind and solar power, will also establish humanity in space. The exploration of space will provide new resources and skills for the protection of the Earth's environment. For example, studying extreme environments on Earth is helping us to look for life on Mars and satellites orbiting Earth are helping track hurricanes and protect people from natural disasters.

There are many books on environmentalism and many on space faring. Space On Earth is the first to provide a new vision of humanity's future bringing these two goals together.

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"Cockell's fascinating, impassioned book could convert even the most skeptical —infectious." —Publishers Weekly"Compelling and well-written - easily accessible to the layman and the expert. If there is to be a bright future ahead of us, the goals set down by Cockell will surely be at the heart of it." —Astronomy Now"An extensive, masterful case that environmental science and space science are powerful partners in leading us to understanding other worlds, and, more importantly, the future of our own."—Frank Drake, Director, SETI Institute, California

"In this lucid and upbeat book, Cockell debunks the false choice between environmentalism and space exploration. He lays out clearly the challenge before us: to seek the stars in full reverence of our home world."—Don White, President, Earthtrust, Hawaii

"a nice topic and timely — it is important to consider how humans should go about exploring the solar system. Some very good writing and very informative (especially about the science - geology, analog sites, remote sensing)"—Joanne Baker, Oxford University

"Charles Cockell is right to think that we can better understand the earth by visiting the other planets." —James Lovelock, author of The Revenge of Gaia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230007529
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Series: MacSci Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Charles S. Cockell is Professor and Chair of Microbiology at the Open University. He is the author of Impossible Extinction and lives in the United Kingdom.

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