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Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration Hardcover – 6 May 2009

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (6 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426210175
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426210174
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.5 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 570,827 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

About the Author

BUZZ ALDRIN, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctorate degree in astronautics and, at the age of 86, 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.

Leonard David is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for over 50 years.


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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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Dreadfully disappointing. Seems like the sort of vanity project. Rather too much use of the personal pronoun and some of the drawings of spacecraft are childish in the extreme. It certainly does not compare to The Case for Mars which is a far better book and much more well written.

I know it is a book with the strap line of My Vision but it is not visionary and rather to much of my.

The best thing you can say about Aldrin is that he makes no bones about the fact the we (the West) must get to Mars before the Chinese. That in itself is the greatest reason to embark upon a serious endeavour to get to Mars.
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I'm keen on space exploration and Buzz is a hero of mine but I found myself disagreeing with his arguments. The difficulty and cost of sending someone to Mars and then bringing them back coupled with the risk of biological contamination makes the whole enterprise rather pointless. Better to go back to the Moon and send robots to Mars. One key argument he tries to make is that mankind needs somewhere to go to when they have ruined Earth - I think if that happens we don't deserve to have another planet to ruin. Its much better to look after Earth in the first place.In the end I didn't bother to read the whole book.
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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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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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Bought as a holiday read. I have to agree with the previous 3 star review, and even the comments made by the 1 star review. It is great to read the thoughts of this important illustrious man, who has passionate views on the topic. However, it is seriously lacking in detail of both 'how' and 'why' the project would be done. The tone is stridently nationalistic, it is quite repetitive and poorly edited. This man has a PhD in Orbital Mechanics but you wouldn't know from the content; diagrams are sketchy and need explanations. The best ideas are (1) using 'cyclers' in permanent Earth-Mars transfer orbits to provide transport, (2) harvest lunar ice for fuel (3) land on Phobos first. But then, if the point is to establish humanity on another world, why not just pick the Moon? Buy it to hear the author. Buy Zubrin to get detail. Also, play Kerbal!
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