Mars Direct: Space Exploration, the Red Planet, and the Human Future: A Special from Tarcher/ Penguin

Mars Direct: Space Exploration, the Red Planet, and the Human Future: A Special from Tarcher/ Penguin

by Robert Zubrin

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Overview

“Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue.”

—Carl Sagan, The Denver Post
 

If you ever daydream about space travel and human space flight—or hope to one day rove the Red Planet alongside Curiosity—then MARS DIRECT will teach you how we can get there

The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming decades, we will make decisions regarding our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar futures: the open universe of Star Trek, where we allow ourselves the opportunity to spread our wings and attempt to flourish as an interplanetary species—or the closed, dystopian, and ultimately self-destructive world of Soylent Green, constantly at war with one another over humanity’s “limited” resources. If we plan to survive ourselves and one day travel to the stars, the human race’s next stepping-stone must be a manned mission to and the eventual colonization of Mars.

In this four-part e-special, Mars Society founder Dr. Robert Zubrin details the challenges of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. Challenges which, according to Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of the missions to the moon of the sixties and seventies. Dr. Zubrin’s relatively simple plan, called Mars Direct, could feasibly have humans on the surface of Mars within a decade. Zubrin also discusses the current predicament of NASA, the promise of privatized space flight from companies like SpaceX, and the larger implication behind the absolute necessity to open the final frontier and transform from a planetary society into an interplanetary society. Our future as a species requires us to take baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or, ultimately, perish here.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101617861
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 917,729
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Astronautics, president of the Mars Society, a contributing editor of The New Atlantis, a Senior Fellow with the Center for Security Policy, and the author of several books, including: The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (Free Press, 1996, 2011), Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization (Tarcher, 1999), First Landing (Ace, 2001), Mars on Earth: Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic (Tarcher, 2003), Energy Victory: Winning the War on Terror by Breaking Free of Oil (Prometheus Books, 2007), How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet (Three Rivers Press, 2008), and Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism (Encounter Books, 2012). He lives in Colorado.

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