Since the beginning of human history, Mars has been an alluring dreamthe stuff of legends, gods, and mystery The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit But all that changed when leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct When it was first published in 1996, The Case for Mars became an instant classic, lauded widely for its game changing perspective by those who would see the American space program rise to the challenge of Mars Carl Sagan called Zubrin the man who, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue Now, fifteen years later, Zubrin brings readers up to date in this revised and updated anniversary edition filled with spectacular illustrations, extraordinary photographs, and one of a kind anecdotes Unlike the dead world of the Moon, the Martian landscape is filled with possibility, but humans must be able to survive there In the grand tradition of successful explorers, Zubrin calls for a travel light and live off the land approach to Martian settlement He explains how scientists can use present day technology to send humans to Mars produce fuel and oxygen on the planets surface with its own natural resources build bases and settlements and one day terraformor alter the atmosphere of the planet in order to pave the way for sustainable life As the landmark mission of the Mars Science Laboratory begins, Zubrin lays out a comprehensive plan to build life on a new world....
|Title||:||The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must|
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The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must Reviews
Very articulate treatment of technical, technological, medical, economic, and political factors promoting and limiting pursuit of humanity's next true frontier-Mars. Author debunks politically motivated economic arguments against our next celestial outreach by showing clearly that we can begin to travel to and populate Mars AND make it moderately habitable with the technology we have now and have already paid to develop. Very exciting and layman friendly read.
This is an excellent but somewhat dated non-fiction account of how the US could have begun colonizing Mars 2 decades ago within the existing NASA budgets and with technology existing at the time. I suspect that Andy Weir leaned heavily on Zubrin's work in writing his novel "The Martian" with one exception. Had he followed Zubrin's plan there would have been such redundancy that there would have been no crisis. :^). The book contains detailed technical work but is written so that lay people (even politicians and bureaucrats) can follow with little difficulty. "The Case for Mars" not only addresses the "how" we get to Mars but also the "why". Zubrin goes into some detail on how colonies can be built, farming can be done, fuel produced, mining and exporting of metals accomplished and, longer term, terraforming of the planet achieved. Keep your eye on Elon Musk - bet he has read this book and has set his sights on getting us to the Red Planed sooner than later.
A very inspiring scientific and philosophical masterwork. I do not toss that kind of kudos around at all lightly, but Dr. Zubrin not only describes a very plausible and affordable means of reaching and ultimately colonizing the Red Planet, but in the Epilogue, gives a magnificent precis of WHY we MUST go! The very recent movie, The Martian, was very heavily based on the Mars Semi Direct mission, developed by Zubrin and his colleague, Baker. Modified somewhat by NASA scientists, this is realistically not just the best wayof getting there, but based on financial and political considerations, the ONLY way.
I truly enjoyed this book. If we used Zubrin's plan we could (using robots) find a source of water (probably salty brine) on Mars, and then electrolyze the water to produce hydrogen. Using the carbon dioxide in the martian atmosphere, along with the hydrogen, methane (a rocket fuel) could be produced on Mars. Martian rocks could then be collected--using the same type of rovers we use now. Then, an inexpensive (unfueled) delta rocket could be "shipped" to the martian surface where it could be fueled, loaded with Mars rocks and fired to attain trans-Earth injection. The next step would be sending humans to Mars, but (using Zubrin's in-situ propellant production methods) I believe we could gather martian rocks and ship them to Earth in the next 5 years using only robots.
I just got done reading Mars A Cosmic Stepping Stone ( I rate it 5 stars) and Kevin Nolan recommended The Case for Mars.Glad I bought The Case for Mars and took his recommendation.
The authors and I seem to be kindred spirits. Since I approach topics from an engineering presoective, I loved the technical details and supporting arguments for one method over another. I also appreciated the insider view into the politics of space projects and the explanation of why we are where we are today with respect to going to Mars. I presupposed the moon should be our next spot for humans to take root, I am now convinced Mars not the moon should be our next frontier.
Excellent book, although I thought I was getting the updated version, so was surprised to receive the original. Yes, the info is dated, but it's still in many respects well ahead of, for instance, NASA. Or the ESA.
It is a very thorough book about the technical aspects of Mars missions, colonization and even terraforming, giving all de HOWs and more importantly, the WHYs.