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Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap Hardcover – 15 Dec 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida (15 Dec. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081303518X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813035185
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,412,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Duggin's passion for space shines through 24 Nov. 2010
By C. Force - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Duggins uses his wealth of space knowledge and his access to current space experts to pool and synthesize the many Mars hurdles still to be jumped. I was fascinated with the mental and physical comparison to the old west pioneers. Thought provoking chapters. A great gift for any space fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Book on the Exploration of Mars 5 Jan. 2011
By Barbara G. Harris - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has two phases: phase 1 is a historical review of our exploration of the red planet. Pat Duggins does an excellent job of reviewing the history of space vehicles that have explored (or attempted to explore) the red planet thus far. I enjoyed reading about the politics and engineering behind many of the Mars exploration missions. The other portion of the book looks at future Mars exploration. It looks at how we should be exploring Mars and NASAs role in the future exploration of Mars. This book is very timely considering that one of President Obama's long term goals for NASA is to send humans to Mars. What made this book so enjoyable for me was knowing that it was written by someone who has strong ties to the Space Program. Pat has more than 20 years of experience reporting on all things space and NASA so I was confident in his research and analysis. I highly recommend this book to any one who is a space exploration fan.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Moon is not Mars 18 Jan. 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book discusses many of the challenges of a manned Mars mission. Many people might assume what it took to accomplish Apollo is scalable to a Mars mission. The reader will be enlightened to find out that going to the moon and visiting Mars are not the same and why. I enjoyed this book as I did Pat's last book on the space shuttle. I look forward to his next book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Trailblazing is Trail Blazing 6 Feb. 2011
By merlyn - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I finished This fantastic book about 2 months ago, and found Pat Duggin's book a wealth of information in a easy explainable dialogue. Trailblazing Mars is a knowledgeable and very educational read on NASAS past, present and future goals for Mars. It is well written, scientific without losing the layman. It is also detailed enough to wet the appetite of any Mars enthusiast. Hopefully with Obama still supposedly wanting a Mars inititave, (I have my doubts), and Duggins saying in the late 2030's (much too late in my opinion) A mission will/should take place, it tells us of NASA'S plans for 2037 -40 and its continued focus of Mars to be a priority (I believe 10 years from now, not another 20 years), but the book is well written and an interesting read--4/5. Phil mars Society Australia
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Interesting 20 April 2011
By Jay Bazzinotti - Published on
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For those of us who are huge fans of a putative trip to Mars, this book is a decent read. It describes the challenges of long term space travel and outlines the current state of technology and limitations that face any nation going into space. For example, if we assume a trip that lasts 18 months and consists of three astronauts, then we have to assume almost 6000 meals must be brought along -- an additional 3 tons of cargo, not to mention water, one of the big limitations of space travel, and solar radiation. The book is ok, but the author is far to cautious with his exposition. That's a huge problem with NASA now, no one will go out on a limb or take a risk, and they still couldn't successfully launch an Estes rocket without it costing billions or blowing up on the launch pad. My conclusion from reading this book is that we will have to wait for the Chinese to land a man on Mars. We no longer have the courage or the chutzpah to do it.
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