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.


What the Critics Say

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


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Customer Reviews

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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 "GW999"

Not what i thought it was going to be..

I thought this was going to be a short work on what is listed in the title, space exploration, Mars and the future. Instead the majority of the work is basically complaining about the current administration's handling of the space program and NASA itself. The first thirty minutes were exceptional, full of visions of the future and travelling to Mars, exactly what i expected. From there, it derails and talks about why even planning Mars Direct isn't possible now or in the next three years. That's not to say that the information provided isn't accurate or interesting, but if you're looking for something full of theories on space travel/colonization (besides "change the government!"), look elsewhere.
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- Nurlip

Book Details

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