Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap

  • by Pat Duggins
  • Narrated by Gary L. Willprecht
  • 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles - both technological and financial - have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream.
Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They'll have to grow their own food, find their own water, and solve their own problems and emergencies without hope of rescue or re-supply. Mars travel will be more challenging and hazardous than settling the Old West - but we were not witness to the fate of the Donner Party on CNN.
Can the technological hurdles be cleared? Will the public accept the very real possibility of astronaut death? Should a mission be publicly or privately funded? Is the science worth the cost? These and many other questions are answered in Duggins's exciting new book.

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What the Critics Say

"Duggins gives you the how of the process along with the facts. Who knows what trails this book will help blaze." (Bill Nye the Science Guy)
"Duggins has written a marvelous book, sure to inspire our imaginations and remind us that all space travel ultimately arises from human ingenuity." (Howard McCurdy, author of Space and the American Imagination)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Not close to what it claims.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Anyone interested in the past of spaceflight.


Has Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap turned you off from other books in this genre?

not at all.


What didn’t you like about Gary L. Willprecht’s performance?

lack of emotion and bad voices.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap?

All of it. this book is all about the past and not about getting to mars.


Any additional comments?

I have over 300 books and this is the first one I want to return for being totally off the mark as to what it claims to be.

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- Mark

Got this because of narrator

The book itself was pretty good but the narrator was amateurish at best using "eye-talian" as Italian and things really went off track when he read quoted material using wierd attempts of foreign accents. When authoritative female sources were quoted a voice that sounded like a 13 year old teenager was used.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-11-2012
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks