Mars Direct

  • by Robert Zubrin
  • Narrated by Erik Synnestvedt
  • 1 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming years, 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. If we ever hope to live in the future that is the former scenario, our first stepping stone must be a manned mission to Mars.
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 to humanity - the human race's future as a species that takes the necessary baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or, ultimately, perishes here.

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What the Critics Say

"Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue." (Carl Sagan, The Denver Post)

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This quick read details how we can use today's technology to begin colonizing Mars within the decade. Zubrin rightly criticizes the current bureaucracy encumbered and politically driven NASA approach. But his complaints have the purpose of showing how the NASA that gave us the moon, could refocus and make Mars possible. The current direction will take 60 years. The goal is to get there as soon as we can.
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- Mike Spalding

An angry critisism of NASA and Obama

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I was hoping for a book about colonizing Mars. About 1/3 is devoted to excoriating NASA. The first 1/3 is about a plan for getting to Mars efficiently and I was glad to hear it. But the rest: meh.


Do you think Mars Direct needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Mr Zubrin sounds more like right wing ideologue than a scientist.


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- Maxwell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2013
  • Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC