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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Every Self-Respecting Human Should Read This Book, September 19, 2016
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Dr. Zubrin's book is fantastic, and far better than I anticipated. A lot of science/math-type persons are terrible writers who fail to connect with their audience. Robert Zubrin is NOT one of those science/math-types! While he certainly isn't Shakespeare, he has real talent as a writer.

Most important is the message of the book: if humanity wants to survive, we need to get our collective a$&es into space already and start colonizing. There just isn't any future for humanity (or really for any animals, plants, etc. on Earth) is we fail to expand beyond the Earth. If we limit ourselves to this tiny planet, we will eventually go extinct; when we do, we'll take all life on Earth with us. People need to realize how important it is for us to expand into space.

What about all the common objections to a manned/womanned Mars mission and its feasiability? Dr. Zubrin does a great job shredding those illogical, anti-scientific arguments to pieces in his book. Only a... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Missions to Mars, April 13, 2014
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Kevin Orrman-Rossiter (Melbourne, Victoria Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (Paperback)
Forty years ago we last stepped foot on the Moon. Currently, with our occupation of the low-Earth orbit international space station, we are space residents. In the visionary Mission to Mars (National Geographic Society, 2013), moon-walker, space advocate, Gemini 12 and Apollo 11 astronaut, Buzz Aldrin, challenges us to take a further step and colonise Mars. Aldrin advocates bypassing the Moon and instead make progressive steps to mars via comets, asteroids and Mar’s moon Phobos. From Phobos astronauts using remote controlled robots will prepare the Mars landing site and habitats. Aldrin states that regular space travel to Mars would be too expensive with Apollo-style modular expendable components, instead favoring a gravity-powered spaceship cycling permanently between the Earth and Mars. Although strongly advocating for a US led enterprise Aldrin, thankfully, sees cooperation, rather than competition with China, Europe, Russia, India and Japan as being the way forward... Read more
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