Sneak Peek: MARS DIRECT

February 12, 2013 by  
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The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming years, we will make decisions about our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar futures: the open universe of Star Trek, where we have the opportunity to spread our wings and flourish as an interplanetary species—or the closed dystopia of Soylent Green.

If we ever hope to live in the former scenario, says aerospace engineer and author Dr. Robert Zubrin, founder of the Mars Society, our first stepping stone must be a manned mission to Mars.

In MARS DIRECT, Zubrin investigates the challenges (and benefits) of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. These are challenges which, according to Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of missions to the moon in the 1960s and 70s. He posits that the man’s future as a species is intertwine with our ability to explore space—and specifically Mars. In order to ensure our survival, we must take the necessary baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or face the possibility of our ultimate extinction.

Read an excerpt from this new e-book HERE.

The $3.99 e-book can be purchased for KindleNook, or iPad.

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6 Responses to “Sneak Peek: MARS DIRECT”
  1. Phil Bruno says:

    If we are expecting NASA or any other government space program to send humans to Mars, forget it. There is no way they would spend the money to do that. They have a difficult time just trying get enough money for unmanned missions to Mars. This is more true today because of government money problems which are going to continue for a long time to come. Check on NASA history and you will see what i mean. There was a plan to send humans to Mars in 1971, then again in 1980, 1990 something, 2003, 2010, 2015, 2020, 2025, 2030, 2032, and now it’s 2035, and it’s already being delayed again until 2040. As you can see, it’s farther away than ever. Even NASA knows they are not going to get that money from Congress. Even other nations space programs know their not to get it from their governments. That’s why they are putting so much effort into unmanned Mars exploration, they know that’s all their ever going to get. When NASA says they are preparing to send humans to Mars, it’s nothing more than deception. We have been fooled for 40 years, lets not be fooled again.

  2. Phil Bruno says:

    Mars Direct is good book that our foolish government should use to help get us Mars.

  3. Jack Wells says:

    I look foreword to 2020 when they send the six maned team to mars. I understand that the plan is to terraform the planet.
    There is also some use of Mars moon for fuel. I’m 64 just turned 64 hope.I live long enough to see some of this happen.

  4. marck says:

    I would like to be on next ride scary but you would be a hero.

  5. I believe we’ve an opportunity to live in Mars and wish the Space Program
    would lobby strongly for the money to continue with the Mars project. As an
    senior citizen, age 65, I wish I could be one of the earthlings travelling to our new home, Mars. I could be the story teller, the nuturer of the babies born on the trip, and the toddlers already on will have my complete
    attention. Sounds kooky, doesn’t it? But, like Jack Wells, I’m sure we’ll be
    valuable assets on any passenger flights to Mar. Put us to sleep to stop the
    aging until we arrive at our destination. I’d hate to be thrown in the trash basket as a loony bin, but I stand by what I say.Thank you.
    Marjorie

  6. Steven says:

    can we will we? beable to live on or in mars?

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