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Space Enterprise: Living and Working Offworld in the 21st Century (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – 24 Oct 2008

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2008 ed. edition (24 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0387776397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387776392
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,550,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An excellently referenced compendium of the behavioral and social science issues related to the creation of a spacefaring civilization." ( David Brandt-Erichsen, National Space Society, January 2009)

"Harris discusses the need for a global space ethos, that is, that the fundamental character of global culture needs to embrace the concept of humans living and working beyond the Earth." (Jeff Foust, The Space Review, November 17, 2008)

"Space Enterprise ... will be 'a classic in the global space community, as well as a university textbook, and basis for an educational media project.' ... This book is a combination of future scenarios and the managerial, psychological, medical, legal, and political structures needed to deal with space colonization. ... Summing Up: Recommended. General readers and all undergraduates interested in space studies." (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 46 (8), April, 2009)

"Harris, a behavioural psychologist and futurist, covers a lot of ground in this well-researched volume. ... covering everything from learning from current spacefarers through to considerations of team performance, productivity, human/machine interfaces, and ergonomics and ecology. ... A number of appendices make up the last part of the book, providing more thought on governance issues, lunar development ... and lessons to be learned from today's space entrepreneurs. ... thought-provoking book, and will be of interest to anyone concerned with where humanity is going in space." (Liftoff, Issue 260, November-December, 2010)

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For over a half century, human activities in outer space have increased, but the high point was the Apollo Moon landings from 1969-1972. Now the United States has set forth a national space policy to return permanently to the lunar surface by 2020, and NASA is engaged in strategic planning to accomplish that goal. Furthermore, Europe, Russia, Japan, China, and India are undertaking missions to the Moon and its vicinity. All this will lead to using our sister planet as a space station and launch pad to Mars and other celestial bodies. In "Space Enterprise - Living and Working Offworld", Dr Philip Harris provides the vision and rationale as to why humanity is leaving its cradle, Earth, to use space resources, as well as pursuing lunar industrialization and establishing offworld settlements. As a management/space psychologist, Dr. Harris presents a behavioral science perspective on space exploration and enterprise.In this his 45th book, Phil has completely revised and updated the two previous editions of this classic, placing new emphasis on the need for more synergy and participation by the private sector.

He not only provides a critical review of what is happening in the global space community, but offers specific strategies for lunar economic development. The author analyzes the human factors in contemporary and future space developments, especially relative to the deployment of people aloft. This user-friendly volume offers numerous photographs, diagrams, exhibits, and case studies. Easily readable, as well as useful as a reference work, the book's content covers a wide range of practical considerations related to human activities offworld. To live and work successfully in a microgravity environment, the author examines human performance and organizational management, as well as physical, psychological, political, commercial, legal, and other dimensions.

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