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Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2027. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable.
It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within 20 years, humans will live on Mars. We'll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen.
The race is on. Private companies, driven by iconoclastic entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, and Sir Richard Branson; Dutch reality show and space mission Mars One; NASA; and the Chinese government are among the many groups competing to plant the first stake on Mars and open the door for human habitation. Why go to Mars? Life on Mars has potential life-saving possibilities for everyone on Earth. Depleting water supplies, overwhelming climate change, and a host of other disasters - from terrorist attacks to meteor strikes - all loom large. We must become a space-faring species to survive. We have the technology not only to get humans to Mars, but to convert Mars into another habitable planet. It will likely take 300 years to "terraform" Mars, as the jargon goes, but we can turn it into a veritable second Garden of Eden. And we can live there, in specially designed habitations, within the next 20 years.
In this exciting chronicle, Petranek introduces the circus of lively characters all engaged in a dramatic effort to be the first to settle the Red Planet. How We'll Live on Mars brings firsthand reporting, interviews with key participants, and extensive research to bear on the question of how we can expect to see life on Mars within the next 20 years.
©2015 Stephen Petranek. All rights reserved. (P)2015 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.
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4 out of 5 stars
By serine on 04-14-16

short and informative

Great little book about space travel to Mars in the hopes of making the planet habitable. In this book, which can be read in about an hour on accelerated speed, the author briefly examines the following:

What has stood in our way of going to Mars?
Could we have been there already?
What are the implications of key decisions NASA made?
Did we use our budget wisely?
How have politics affected the space budget?
What can we do with such a limited budget?
What explorers have we already sent to the moon, space station, and Mars?
What are our plans to send explorers in the future?
Can we live on Mars?
What are the challenges and what will it take to overcome them?

And of course no book on traveling to Mars would be complete without providing at least some information on Elon Musk and Musk technology. The author provides a very short section on Musk and what his efforts mean for society and the future of space travel.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Matthew H. Cronk on 03-13-16


What did you like best about this story?

This book was very interesting, I couldn't stop listening. There are a lot of very interesting ideas and proposals, would definitely recommend!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alev Haddadieh on 04-18-16

another master piece by Stephen Petranek

with the Mars colonisations expected in 2025 the belief that the "humans are too expensive & fragile for space" is finally broken!

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4 out of 5 stars
By BEHNAZ on 06-09-16

So short

I suggest for more detail read trilogies Mars red mars green and mars blue, it gets me deep into life on mars

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