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5.0 out of 5 stars This book is the technical basis for the book/movie "The Martian" but without the risks., July 18, 2016
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This review is from: The CASE FOR MARS (Hardcover)
This is an excellent but somewhat dated non-fiction account of how the US could have begun colonizing Mars 2 decades ago within the existing NASA budgets and with technology existing at the time. I suspect that Andy Weir leaned heavily on Zubrin's work in writing his novel "The Martian" with one exception. Had he followed Zubrin's plan there would have been such redundancy that there would have been no crisis. :^). The book contains detailed technical work but is written so that lay people (even politicians and bureaucrats) can follow with little difficulty. "The Case for Mars" not only addresses the "how" we get to Mars but also the "why". Zubrin goes into some detail on how colonies can be built, farming can be done, fuel produced, mining and exporting of metals accomplished and, longer term, terraforming of the planet achieved. Keep your eye on Elon Musk - bet he has read this book and has set his sights on getting us to the Red Planed sooner... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing array of inter-disciplinary analyses of how and why Mars should be mankind's next step, July 17, 2017
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Very articulate treatment of technical, technological, medical, economic, and political factors promoting and limiting pursuit of humanity's next true frontier-Mars. Author debunks politically motivated economic arguments against our next celestial outreach by showing clearly that we can begin to travel to and populate Mars AND make it moderately habitable with the technology we have now and have already paid to develop. Very exciting and layman friendly read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required reading for NASA employees and Congress, July 12, 2017
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This review is from: The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (Paperback)
Dr. Robert Zubrin's book The Case for Mars, is an a great guide to how mankind can get to Mars, impeccably researched and accurate; Accessible to layman and experts alike. Dr. Zubrin outlines a mission completely do-able with today's technology and within today's budgets, presented with an enthusiasm and wit which makes it hard to put down.

The book first published in 1996, not to mention his continuing work as the President of The Mars Society has certainly earned him a place among the greatest minds in the field of space exploration(and its advocacy), such as Robert H. Goddard Hermann Oberth, and Wernher von Braun. The Case for Mars should be required reading for NASA employees as well as Congress.
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