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The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must (original 1996; edição 2011)

por Robert Zubrin (Autor)

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Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit.Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.The Case for Marsis not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars—a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.… (mais)
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Título:The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must
Autores:Robert Zubrin (Autor)
Informação:Free Press (2011), Edition: Revised, 416 pages
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Zubrin made the case for a cheap, efficient "Mars Direct" mission to send 4 people to Mars and keep them there for a couple years, using very available technology, in 1990. In the 2011 edition of this 1996 book, there were updates which made the case even stronger, and the case is stronger still today.

The funny thing is every one of the errors in the 1996 version was in underestimating the incompetence of governments, the high pace of non-aerospace technology development, and Elon Musk -- i.e. Zubrin was too conservative.

I personally would be very interested in going to Mars (one-way, even); the only counterbalance is if medical/life extension tech on earth gets dramatically better in the next 10-15 years vs. the same on Mars, so it becomes a choice of "go to Mars in 2025-2030" vs. "live for 150-200 years and go to Mars in 2050". ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
Not a thrilling book I'd recommend to just anyone, exactly. But still a great book if you're interested in space, space agencies' complexities, how politics play a part, and you're not afraid of science words :P ( )
  jzacsh | Sep 9, 2020 |
Humans will never settle on Mars. It will always be beyond the range of human habitability. The lesser gravity, the cosmic radiation, the dust storms, the climate, the thinness of the atmosphere, the absence of liquid water, the distance, the human factors, etc., would require superhuman technological and human adaptations. It will never be profitable or cost effective. This book offers solutions, mostly hi-tech and very expensive. Despite its optimism that Mars can be terraformed, it will never be worth the cost to do so, even if the formidable engineering problems could be solved. This book assumes that the Earth will always be available to support Mars missions, but the support systems on Earth will be facing serious limitations.

The terraforming of Mars would be accomplished by artificially-induced global warming. Even if that could be done successfully within a reasonable time, what would prevent it from eventually getting out of control? Might as well stay on Earth!

It is possible that humans will walk on Mars some day, but they will not colonize it, for the same reasons that we haven’t colonized the moon.

The title of this book betrays the author’s bias. He wants to do this. His book is an advertisement for Mars colonization, an appeal for the funding it would require. Thus he has a vested interest in minimizing the difficulties. His talk about “living off the land like Lewis and Clark” is unrealistic. His attitude is expansionist and strongly pro-technology. He thinks stagnation is the only alternative to perpetual expansion into new frontiers. He thinks technology is progress. But expansionism and technology can and do create serious problems. It is not our manifest destiny to colonize the planets. A society that lives within realistic limits is not to be disparaged as a “closed society.”

This book is about the Red Planet; it is more about engineering and technology. If you decide to read it, get the latest edition because this is a moving topic. ( )
  pjsullivan | Mar 22, 2017 |
Very interesting solution to the problem of safely send humans to mars ( )
  elavram | Jan 27, 2014 |
Robert Zubrin outlines, in great detail, how a manned mission to Mars could be achieved within a decade, for less money than is generally assumed, if only we were willing to thoroughly commit to doing it. His plan involves a launch directly from Earth to Mars (with no expensive orbital construction or stepping-stone bases on the moon), using Mars' natural resources to synthesize fuel and other necessities, and an extended stay on the surface to get some real science done. He's put lot of thought into every aspect of the endeavor, from launch vehicles to orbital trajectories to crew habitats to scientific objectives, and his scheme seems extremely plausible.

Zubrin also looks a bit further afield, talking about a plan for permanent Martian settlements and even the prospect of terraforming Mars. These chapters are a lot more speculative and rather less convincing, but they are interesting possibilities, and also feature lots of carefully thought-out specifics. In fact, some of the details here can get pretty dry -- I admit to sort of skimming some of the bits about the chemistry of fuel and plastics manufacturing on Mars -- but you don't necessarily have to be a rocket scientist to understand the basics of his arguments.

Of course, that "if only we were willing to thoroughly commit" is one great big "if," and I can't say I'm feeling much in the way of optimism. If anything, the goal seems further away now than it did in 1996, when the first edition of this books was published. Alas. ( )
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I fear no barrier of crystal or of glass;
I cleave the heavens and soar to the infinite.
And while I rise from my own globe to others
And penetrate even further through the eternal field,
That which others saw from afar, I leave far behind me.

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Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit.Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.The Case for Marsis not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars—a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.

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