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Martian Outpost (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) [Paperback]

Erik Seedhouse
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14 July 2009 038798190X 978-0387981901 2009

Mars Outpost provides a detailed insight into the various technologies, mission architectures, medical requirements, and training needed to send humans to Mars. It focuses on mission objectives and benefits, and the risks and complexities that are compounded when linked to an overall planet exploration program involving several expeditions and setting up a permanent presence on the surface.

The first section provides the background to sending a human mission to Mars. Analogies are made with early polar exploration and the expeditions of Shackleton, Amundsen, and Mawson. The interplanetary plans of the European Space Agency, NASA, and Russia are examined, including the possibility of one or more nations joining forces to send humans to Mars. Current mission architectures, such as NASA’s Constellation, ESA’s Aurora, and Ross Tierney’s DIRECT, are described and evaluated.

The next section looks at how humans will get to the Red Planet, beginning with the preparation of the crew. The author examines the various analogues to understand the problems Mars-bound astronauts will face. Additional chapters describe the transportation hardware necessary to launch 4-6 astronauts on an interplanetary trajectory to Mars, including the cutting edge engineering and design of life support systems required to protect crews for more than a year from the lethal radiation encountered in deep space. NASA’s current plan is to use standard chemical propulsion technology, but eventually Mars crews will take advantage of advanced propulsion concepts, such as the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, ion drives and nuclear propulsion.

The interplanetary options for reaching Mars, as well as the major propulsive maneuvers required and the trajectories and energy requirements for manned and unmanned payloads, are reviewed . Another chapter addresses the daunting medical problems and available countermeasures for humans embarking on a mission to Mars: the insidious effects of radiation on the human body and the deleterious consequences of bone and muscle deconditioning. Crew selection will be considered, bearing in mind the strong possibility that they may not be able to return to Earth. Still another chapter describes the guidance, navigation, and control system architecture, as well as the lander design requirements and crew tasks and responsibilities required to touch down on the Red Planet.

Section 3 looks at the surface mission architectures. Seedhouse describes such problems as radiation, extreme temperatures, and construction challenges that will be encountered by colonists. He examines proposed concepts for transporting cargo and astronauts long distances across the Martian surface using magnetic levitation systems, permanent rail systems, and flying vehicles. In the penultimate chapter of the book, the author explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture that will enable long-term human exploration of Mars, perhaps making it the next space-based tourist location.

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2009 edition (14 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038798190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387981901
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 16.6 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 945,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Martian Outpost is THE book to read if you’re interested in the future of manned space exploration. It is certainly in my top three best books about Mars missions. … There’s a lot of discovering to do in ‘Martian Outpost’ and if you plan to read only one book about Mars missions in your life, then I’d recommend this one.” (Kadri Tinn, AstroMadness.com, November, 2013)

“The main areas treated here concern planning, mission architecture and design, landing, propulsion systems and mission hardware with a concentration on the NASA Ares I-Ares V system concepts. … useful to readers interested in space technology for its survey of planned spacecraft and missions for a trip to Mars and for its overview of some of the issues involved in setting up a Mars base. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 47 (5), January, 2010)

"Predicting the future is always a gamble. … With Erik Seedhouse’s book, the planning and requirements for such a complex and difficult mission are laid out for all to see. … The book also covers the options for landing and ascent on Mars, and has quite detailed planning breakdowns for the mission timeline. … The book is a really easy read and should be an immediate purchase for anyone interested in how man will get to Mars." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, December, 2009)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mars Landing 22 Dec 2009
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A brilliant book giving all the scenarios for a manned mission to Mars, although in some places it is a bit technical and a bit over my head at times on the propulsion systems that may be used. Well worth it's money.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A one volume Martian Encyclopedia 25 Jan 2010
By James F. Mcenanly - Published on Amazon.com
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This book sums up the current state of the art in Martian exploration, both our present robotic missions and future human missions of exploration, development and colonization. It, covers in depth, the problemsand prospects in Martian exploration.
One of the major topics covered is Robert Zubrin's Mars Direct program The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must . In this book, the Martian Outpost, Zubrin's plans are supported by the Constellation architecture. As the Constellation program develops, can assume that the details will change, but the basics will be the same.
All in all this book provides an overview of current thinking on Martian exploration. I am certain that it will remain such, even as new missions are launched and new discovers are made.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Werner Von Braun is Alive and Well... 28 Feb 2010
By James M. Folks - Published on Amazon.com
This book is fun from a technical perspective. It gives an overview of the myriad of issues engineers must surmount in order to successfully send human explorers to Mars at a level accessible to policy makers. That being said, occaisionally the book briefly departs into a vaguely socio-political lala land that is a little disturbing. For example, when justifying why Americans should go to Mars, the author basically argues that present day society is decadent, American children are lazy and stupid, and we need heros to inspire the masses to achieve greater things. Later on, when describing who should go to Mars, the author argues that they ought to be genetically superior, ethnically homogenous ubermenschen. When I read these parts, I couldn't help but imagine Wagner playing on the stereo as the author angrily typed away on his computer. You'd think he was an SS officer in a past life. I wondered if he was a snappy dresser.

As I said, though, in spite of some occasional lapses into a world where I'm not sure he's really thinking about what he's saying, the book is extremely illustrative about the very real technical issues facing some future explorers and the various existing proposals for going to Mars. It's a worthwhile read, particularly if you crank up the Camina Burana and wear a cool Teutonic helmet the whole time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars martian Outpost 7 April 2011
By merlyn - Published on Amazon.com
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Martian Outpost is a great read especially those interested in A Mars Mission and the difficulties that encompass the preparation and journey and colonisation of the red World
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's build a human outpost on Mars! 9 Dec 2013
By chemikalguy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an excellent, realistic guide to what it would take to establish a manned outpost on Mars. It's detailed enough to keep you reading and understand the topic without overwhelming you with too much techno-jargon.

It covers everything from radiation issues, to food and fuel production. It's only a few years old now, but some info is outdated, as it doesn't cover organizations such as Mars-One and SpaceX.

Taking that into account, I still rate this as a 5-star book, simply based on the excellence of the information it contains, and the way in which is it presented.
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