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5.0 out of 5 stars imagine rafting down Martian riverbeds....., 26 July 1998
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This review is from: The Case for Mars (Paperback)
The past generation has responded to the mounting pressures of overpopulation, global warming ('98 has been the hottest year in recorded history - radar images of satellite observations show glacier shrinking in Anartica), nuclear and biological catastrophe, pollution, and plant and animal extinction with a succession of hopeful and spirited movements that call for the reduction of carbon monoxide emissions and the saving of a number of endangerd species, ranging from whales, spotted owls, to trees and even crustaceans (yes, there is a Hollywood group committed to saving the lobster). During this same period, billions of dollars have been committed towards AIDS research.
Regardless of the effectiveness of any number of theses strategies, one thing is certain: ulitmately, if humanity is to perputuate itself, it must one day leave this planet and colonize the galaxy. We must become extra-terrestrials. But we only have a limited window. Pessimists have concluded tha! t the earth has never been visited from outer space because no civilization has yet to survive its own technology. This could be our fate.
However, through the creation of a multi-planet species, Robert Zubrin's plan to colonize Mars is the best chance mankind has right now to insure its perpetuity. The stakes are huge. Humans may be destined to know the farthest reaches of the universe and become something more than man, perhaps a kind of superman. Or we may simply become curious fossils for the next higher being to evolve from mud, slime, and the radiation resistant cockroach (try cooking one in the microwave).
Given the precarious state of life on this planet, the technology we now possess (your home PC is about is powerful as the one that directed Apollo from Mission Control) and the proximity of a cool, Red Planet once capable of supporting life just three to six months away, I am at a loss to understand why Mars colonization is not at the top of the global agenda! ...except for its implausibility.
Robert Zubrin's, The ! Case For Mars, is a practical guide and plan that makes truth sometimes, as the saying goes, stranger than fiction. Computational studies by NASA scientist Chris MaKay and Zubrin demonstrate that a small but sustained rise in temperature at the Martian south pole - 4 C - can intiate a runaway greenhouse effect that will melt the ice cap. The Red Planet would soon be awash with oceans and riverbeds.
The Case For Mars is pregnant with possibilty. This book should be on the desk of every congressman, senator, CEO, and celebrity. --James Pruett
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