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Mission to Mars : My Vision for Space Exploration
by Buzz Aldrin and Leonard David and Andrew Aldrin


Overview - "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

Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"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

Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11--and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings--Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035.

Foreword by Andrew Aldrin
Chapter 1: The View from Air Force One
Chapter 2: Time for Decision-making
Chapter 3: Your Space: Building the Business Case
Chapter 4: Dreams of My Moon
Chapter 5: Voyage to Armageddon
Chapter 6: The March to Mars
Chapter 7: Homesteading the Red Planet
Chapter 8: The Clarion Call

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9781426210174
  • ISBN-10: 1426210175
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publish Date: May 2013
  • Page Count: 258
  • Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.15 pounds


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Books > Technology > Aeronautics & Astronautics

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-03-18
  • Reviewer: Staff

Aldrin makes a daring proposal for further space exploration in this exciting glimpse of the new new frontier. With the passing of Neil Armstrong last year, Aldrin is now the only surviving member of the NASA team that first set foot on the moon. As such, he offers a unique perspective on where to take the next small step. In what might seem a giant leap of the imagination, he envisions a joint world effort to establish “an American-led permanent human presence on Mars by 2035.” Ever the levelheaded problem solver, Aldrin addresses obvious financial and technological issues, and suggests ways to get around them. For example: tourism, reusable materials, and lunar and asteroidal mining could all be marshaled to help offset otherwise prohibitive costs; bases on our moon and Mars’s (Phobos) could make low-gravity launches feasible. For those still unconvinced, Aldrin reminds us that a lunar station could also serve as the first defense to spot and deflect Earth-endangering asteroids. With all the ardor of a child raised on Buck Rogers, Aldrin imagines terraforming Mars into “humankind’s future home.” Starry-eyed kids and those old enough to remember the original Space Race will appreciate his enthusiastic vision. (May 7)

 
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