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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society (20 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426210175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426210174
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.4 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Colonizing space is essential for the long term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin's book shows us how." --Stephen Hawking
"Buzz Aldrin has been as far from Earth as any human being, and now he's leading the charge to go much farther, to our next epic destination: Mars." --James Cameron
"Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it's time to stop what whatever we're doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in "Mission to Mars" he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there." --Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Buzz is one of the foremost forward thinkers of our time and this book will be essential reading for those who care about humanity's future in space." --Richard Branson
"Although the lunar landing is decades behind him, Dr. Aldrin is just plain passionate about humankind's exploration of space. An extraordinary pilot, scuba diver, moonwalker, and the first man to board a spacecraft on its way back to Earth, he advises us to keep going-- farther and deeper into space. Page by page, this book makes you want to slide into your space suit and light your engines." --Bill Nye, The Science Guy(R)
"A masterful array of strategies for exploration by a true space expert and patriot." --Michael Collins, astronaut and command module pilot, Apollo 11
""Mission to Mars" is pure Buzz: creative ideas flying off the pages, a big picture view of how to move forward, and a laser-like focus on why space exploration is key to humanity's future. Buzz Aldrin has been making major contributions to the U.S. space program for a half century, and his new book continues that tradition." --John M. Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute and professor emeritus, The George Washington University
"I've traveled to the North Pole with Buzz, and if I were to travel to Mars I can't think of a better person to plan the tri

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BUZZ ALDRIN, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctorate degree in astronautics and, at the age of 82, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels, and two children's books. Co-author LEONARD DAVID is a veteran space journalist and winner of the 2010 National Space Club Press Award.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. on 25 Oct. 2013
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This book was very much advertised before its release so I decided to go ahead and buy one. So you can believe I waited for something quite extraordinary from a veteran who has seen the space programs from inside for decades and is still involved with people working on the subject.

Unfortunately the book turned out to be an _introduction_ to manned space exploration, not going too deep or giving out too many thoughts about the subject a reader who has previous knowledge of the manned exploration would not already know. The writing level is about the same as you would expect from a magazine from the news kiosk (in Europe). To make the tone a bit strange Buzz seems to brag about the grandeur of the American manned space exploration almost continuously, of a nation which does not even have a vehicle to deliver a man to the low earth orbit currently, while half a dozed other nations have this capability. So from the European view point this outright lying makes the author loose his credibility, at least this is what happened to me reading this book. This is a truly rare phenomenon with thousands of books I've read.

The best value in the book in the end seem to be the many speeches from 1953 to present day starting at the page 213. Those give a true feeling and insight of the manned space exploration. This section even has both versions of the speeches Kennedy once made, the longer and more interesting, and the short version we are accustomed to hear and see on old recordings. But then again, you can easily find this "foundation" speech written or multimedia on Nasa website in one minute.
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By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Aug. 2013
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Five PROVOCATIVE Stars! In his latest book, iconic moon-walker astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out an impressive long-range program that could be used to get mankind from Earth to Mars, not just for a one-time visit but to establish a permanent presence on the Red Planet. Based on this book, Aldrin has been in the forefront of planning for Mars over the years, and his overall collaborative Unified Space Vision (USV) foresees using everything from the International Space Station, to our own moon, to asteroid visits, comet explorations, and even the martian moon Phobos as stepping stones and key components. He favors the use of "reusable, recyclable space transportation" and equipment as the building blocks of "cycling" networks to support and replenish the movement of people, cargo, and other essential materials between the "celestial triad" of Earth, the moon, and Mars. Aldrin's grand architectural vision is impressive and seems logical and workable, at least from the perspective of this layman reviewer. Sign me up for that voyage! Highly Recommended. Five EXPLORATORY Stars! (272 pages reviewed in Kindle text and audio)
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Imagine you had dinner with Buzz and then you move to a terrace, overlooking Cape Cañaveral, and Buzz begins to tell you how all started...and where it should go: this is the view of Buzz regarding how we might be able to reach Mars, with all the details on how to do it: political, practical, theoretical, social, but all explained in a logical, friendly chat, with plenty of interesting anecdotes, pictures, etc.
For young students: it's an amusing way of understanding the social context of why in the 60's the USA wanted to go to the Moon, all the the space history...up to why we should go today to Mars and how all the socio-political context have changed.
For everyone: extremely easy to read and understand, but at the same time, the reader will learn loads of interesting facts and will educate the reader on the importance of space exploration.
The only but is, that I find it a bit centered on why it is only up to the USA to lead space exploration; I would have preferred a more global approach and less self-centered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nighteyes on 6 Aug. 2013
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When I bought this book I was hoping for a in depth explanation for a 'Unified Space Vision' a discussion on the challenges of a manned space program that is more than just the ISS.

Instead it read as more of a political speech, a call for action to work to gather and how working to get her will make the USA even more 'awesome'... (It is incredibly pro America)

If your interested in this book to find out about a 'mission to mars, you will be sourly disappointed. It can be summarise as:

Use Aldrin Cyclers to ship people between planets and go to Phobos first and use robots to get stuff ready for humans.

Honestly, you can find more out about plans and challenges for a real mission to mars by googling it and reading NASA's website.
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By Bongo,Herts on 27 Jun. 2013
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I have always been interested in Space Exploration and because the Moon landing took place in the month I was born and the year I was married it will always hold a special place in my heart. This book is a wonderful read and it would have been nice if it had been signed by the man himself, but I can but dream. Now I have been reading in the news lately that the Moon landing never took place - well I for one do not believe this. AND I will always treasure the fact that it did take place. Oh to be able to go there and beyond..........
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