- Paperback: 383 pages
- Publisher: Free Press; Revised, Updated ed. edition (28 Jun. 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 145160811X
- ISBN-13: 978-1451608113
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2 x 21.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 117,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must Paperback – 28 Jun 2011
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"Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue." Carl Sagan "The Denver Post"
"In this thoughtful, thorough and inspiring book...[Zubrin] systematically and convincingly destroys the conventional wisdom about Mars travel." Michael D. Lemonick "Newsday"
"One of the most provocative and hopeful documents I have read about the space program in 20 years. -- "The New York Times Book Review, Dennis Overbye "
About the Author
Robert Zubrin, formerly a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin, is the founder of Pioneer Astronautics, a space-exploration research and development firm. Currently chairman of the executive committee of the National Space Society, Dr. Zubrin lives with his family in Indian Hills, Colorado.
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However, he makes a good case for why we need to get to Mars. It is written very much from the perpective of why America needs this and is currently the only country which can get there. But even the updated version does not take account of the fact that the USA could probably not make the attempt given the financial state of that country.
The only way it will happen though is via another space race - as in the race to the Moon where money was no object. The only way that will happen is after the Chinese annex the Moon in the late 2020s.
That may wake up America but I somewhat doubt it. The Red Planet will eventually be the Yellow one.
The book is a little technical in parts but not to a degree where the average person could not follow the reasoning or understand what is being said. The tone can be somewhat 'evangelical' but he believes what he is saying so can be forgiven.
Classic scientific handbook on how to get to Mars without having to spend billions of dollars and wait another twenty years for NASA to wake their ideas up and actually achieve something worthwhile !
For people who are really into space travel, and colonization, and who have the necessary interest and intelligence to understand the book in it`s widest scope.
Thoroughly good read and full of common sense and accurate calculation.
Recommended to all those who pass the minimum criteria of paragraph three !
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I'm reasonably interested in astronomy and in space travel. In a discussion on a website (can't remember which) about future space travel someone strongly recommended me to read... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Bent A
Subtitled, The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, this extraordinary work by Robert Zubrin, with Richard Wagner, is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Mars... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Stuart Aken
In the interests of balance (my 2-star review of Andy Weir's The Martian was very much against the consensus), I feel obliged to recommend a really good book about Mars, and this... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Mark Kilner
This book is excellent if you want great detail in chemistry, geology and physics. It's definitely required reading if that's what you're after with respect to Mars. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Søren Aabye Kierkegaard "Ed"
This wonderful book is not just a very comprehensive guide to how we can colonise Mars: it gives a strong reason why we MUST. Read morePublished 18 months ago by JPMT