- Space Exploration, the Red Planet, and the Human Future
- Narrated by: Erik Synnestvedt
- Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 02-12-13
- Language: English
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
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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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By Mike Spalding on 10-25-15
How to get there now
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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By Maxwell on 03-05-13
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.
5 of 8 people found this review helpful