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Expedition Mars (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – January 9, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2004 edition (January 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1852337354
  • ISBN-13: 978-1852337353
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"As preparation for the arguments back and forth about the choice between flying just the mind, or its wetware too, Expedition Mars is a good launch pad for a survey of the technology we have and what we need to make the expedition a reality. He tackles ‘t all – from Werner von Braun to the Apollo program to new engines – both electric and fusion.”

- New Scientist

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"...I enjoyed the historical descriptions of the contributions of the early rocket pioneers Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Wernher von Braun, as well as the American and Russian manned programs...The book is aimed at the science-literate public, although the material varies in level of detail." (George D. Nelson, PHYSICS TODAY, June 2005)

"At a time when many in the space community have ‘Mars fever’, it seems appropriate to find a book called ‘Expedition Mars’. … it is a book about a manned mission to Mars. … the story retains the reader’s interest and some of the pictures, drawn by NASA artists, are truly inspirational – at least to an engineer. … As a whole, the book is well illustrated with black and white photographs and a centre section of colour plates. There is also a short index." (Mark Williamson, International Space Review, 2005)

"The arrival of this book is very timely … . Any one interested in space exploration or any amateur astronomer will find the book useful … . The book is illustrated by many black and white photographs … ." (Fernande Grandjean, Gary J. Long, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2004)

"A good companion to Martian Expedition Planning is this new volume in Springer-Praxis’s excellent Astronomy and Space Sciences series. … concerned with activities on the surface of Mars, Turner’s book looks at all aspects of the mission. … as a detailed overview of what’s involved in sending a human mission to Mars, this book would be hard to beat." (Liftoff, Issue: 221, May-June, 2004)

"This is indeed a timely book. … Martin Turner … has produced an excellent text. Expedition Mars examines not only the science and technology: the how’s of spaceflight, but also the why’s. … A few equations where required help explain the physics and chemistry behind the technology, without overwhelming the casual book browser." (Malcolm Smith, Astronomy Now, March, 2005)

"Expedition Mars deals with the concept of a manned mission to Mars. … In reading this book you get a real idea for how challenging such a mission will be … . I enjoyed reading the book. It is easy to read and makes good case for how technically possible a mission to Mars is at the current time. … I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the concept of a mission to Mars … ." (Jeffrey Simpson, Southern Stars, 2004)

"Author-scientist Michael Turner … presents details of the relevant studies conducted by NASA’s Mars Study Team over the past decade or so. … Dr Turner has produced a very timely book that will be enjoyed by anyone with an interest in manned planetary exploration. … Go for it." (Colin Keay, The Physicist, Vol. 41 (3), 2004)

"Martin Turner is a scientist at Leicester University … . In this book he makes a powerful case for an early manned expedition to Mars … . the book is well presented … . It provides an excellent introduction to the techniques and technologies involved in a human mission to Mars and I thoroughly recommend it." (Nick James, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 114 (3), 2004)

"In Expedition Mars author Martin turner challenges the reader to expect the next ‘giant leap’ in space exploration may well be human missions towards Mars. He reviews the latest development in rocket propulsion, space flight technology … . This book is a useful summary of the current state of planning and a welcome addition to our growing library of books on Mars." (Dave Shayler, Spaceflight, Vol. 46 (7), 2004)

"The book is devoted to a look back at the US’s Cold War-era NERVA nuclear rocket project and a look forward to a successor. Turner does a good job of making the scale of things clear. … A thrill for astronomy buffs … ." (Daniel McBeal, Focus, June, 2004)

"Turner’s … book presents the dream of a Martian voyage, the orbits needed to get there, and the types of launcher (about 200 tons) and propulsion system (nuclear) needed for the for the project. … includes details of a proposed expedition, describing the technical, nuclear, political, and support problems that must be overcome … . Good figures and diagrams … . For Mars flight enthusiasts at senior high school levels and above. Summing Up: Recommended, General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals." (W.E. Howard III, CHOICE, June, 2004)

"This book arrives just at the right time with two robotic geologists roving the Martian surface … . the author of this book examines the technical challenges involved, including the problems of life support … . greatly recommend this book for those who would like to bring up to date their knowledge regarding the state of the art in interplanetary travel and exploration." (Noël Cramer, ORION, Vol. 62 (321), 2004)

"The author looks back at the days of the Apollo lunar missions and discusses why, after such a successful programme, the Mars programme just fell by the wayside. … is valuable information and worthwhile acquiring." (Jos Heyman, News Bulletin of the Astronautical Society of Western Australia, Vol. 29 (8), 2004)

"How do you weigh the need for vicarious heroes against the stunning drain on finances if you fly people to Mars? … As preparation for the arguments back and forth about the choice between flying just the mind, or flying its wetware too, Expedition Mars … is a good launch pad for a survey of the technology we have and what we will need to make that expedition a reality." (New Scientist – online, April, 2004)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arno Wielders on March 2, 2004
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Will the first Human mission to Mars be a historical fact in my liftime? This is the central question of the book and the answer from a technological standpoint is certainly positive. The book Expedition Mars covers all technological fields needed to make a manned mission to Mars happen. The orbital mechanics of such a trip described in this book are even for a non-expert easy to follow, while the section on launch mass makes clear that every kilogram of payload to be send to the Martian surface needs a major increase in the launch mass of the rocket lifting the mission of Earth's surface. In the chapter on possible propulsion systems the author takes into account the public distrust in nuclear propulsion and describes the necessary measures to be taken to test such an engine on Earth without the release of radioactive material. He also clearly explains that such a engine will only be used and activated in space, greatly diminishing the risks. Not only technical issues related to a mission to Mars are described in the book, but also the financial-economical and social part of such a mission are well covered, proving that scientists and engineers are able to explain their work to the man in the street. In the final chapters Martin Turner explains the NASA reference mission to Mars, greatly influenced by the work of Zubrin and coworkers, and shows that the improvement in the design of such a mission is ten fold in almost every aspect. The costs for a human mission to Mars is currently estimated at 55 billion dollars as much as the (ANNUAL agricultural subsidies of the European Union) to be spread over a period of 15-20 years, equalling 2 billion dollars a year. This fits in the American as the European space budget. It is even lower than the annual amount spend in the Space Shuttle programme.Read more ›
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By ebergman on December 10, 2012
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i have just started reading this and its a pretty neat book. it covers a lot of details and engineering aspects
to a manned mission to mars. also give some background of the space program and has a lot of drawings and colora photos. i highly recoommend this book to any space buff thats interestd in mars and the space program.
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If you wanted to go to Mars then you would really want to use this book or something similar. It is not as useful as a towel and can not be used in place of the hitchhikers guide but the information is good.
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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful By William Eoff on August 26, 2004
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At best, Turner's book is a regurgitation of a few of the historical proposed human Mars mission concepts. At worst, it is inaccurate. For example, on Page 251, it states that the core Magnum vehicle was based on an "extended Space Shuttle main fuel tank." The real proposed Magnum core would have used composite fuel tanks and RS68 engines, none of which were derived from Shuttle. The Magnum concept did propose using standard Shuttle SRBs, for boosters, not the liquid flyback boosters, as stated. Also Figure 9.1 is of a sidemount Shuttle Derived Vehicle (SDV), like Shuttle-C, and not a Magnum, as stated. The RS68 engines, referred to on Page 289, would not fit the pictured sidemount SDV configuration. The real proposed Magnum configuration is correctly identified in Figure 8.3. Few of the figures/photos in the book are in color and none give credit to Jack Frassanito, whose company produced most of the enclosed artist's concepts.
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