Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars . and Beyond

Space 2069: After Apollo: Back to the Moon, to Mars . and Beyond

by David Whitehouse


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Half a century after Apollo 11 we have still not returned to the Moon, but that is about to change.

The thirteenth person to walk on the Moon could soon be part of a crew establishing a base on the lip of a crater at the lunar south pole.

The discovery of ice in the eternal shadows of the polar regions transforms our ability to live on the Moon. From bases on the Moon we can make the long, lonely and dangerous voyage to Mars, where there is also ice. The obstacles are many, not least the fragilities of the human body. And what type of world would the first Mars explorers find?

Science journalist David Whitehouse – with his ‘reporter’s gift for uncomplicated storytelling’ (Financial Times) – presents a mind-expanding tour of humanity’s future in space over the next 50 years, up to the 100th anniversary of the moon landing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785786464
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 10/13/2020
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 336,226
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

David Whitehouse is a former BBC Science Correspondent and BBC Science Editor. He is the author of the bestselling Apollo 11: The Inside Story, and has written for The Times, The Guardian, Focus, New Scientist and The Economist.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Preface xv

Part 1 Back to the Moon

Exiles 3

Drifting 11

Goddess of the Moon 21

The Subtle Accomplice 31

Darkness and Light 43

Passport to the Planets 47

The Living Daylights 55

Building the Moon Base 67

The Lifeguards of Space 81

Digging, Drilling and Driving on the Moon 87

The Balance of Power on Earth 97

Part 2 To Mars

Wheels and Shadows 111

Twenty-two Images 127

Faster, Better, Cheaper 135

Climbing Mount Sharp 151

The Gulf of Space 161

The Weakest Link 167

Entry Corridor 181

Part 3 And Beyond

Down to a Sunless Sea 195

Tiger Stripes 205

Pilots of the Purple Twilight 211

The Man from Sulaymaniyah 219

A Dimly Lit World 229

Posadka 239

Adjacent and Identical 245

Visitors from Distant Stars 251

2069 257

Bibliography 262

Index 263

About the Author 272

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