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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1585423505
  • ASIN: B000HWYZCK
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,741,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adult/High School-If the space program had not been aborted after the Moon landings, we could have gone to Mars as early as 1981. In this inspiring account of human ingenuity and determination, "children and grandchildren of Apollo" set out to put humans back on the path to space-not through political action, but by "[launching] a science project." Zubrin shares the inside story of the formation of the Mars Society and the pursuit of its ambitious goal. His passion for the project creates a sense of immediacy and draws readers in as he relates how the group chose Earth locations to serve as Mars analogs, built habitats there, and carried out experiments that tested the performance of equipment and people in Mars-like conditions. These "sims" yielded many unexpected and often fascinating insights into mission technologies, exploration tactics, and "human-factors design," preparing the way for actual missions. Zubrin explains the science and describes the people with humor and enthusiasm, revealing warts, setbacks, and successes. Diagrams and excellent color photographs help readers to visualize key individuals, equipment, and events. After the Arctic station was established, two more independently funded Mars analog stations were created, in the Utah desert and in Iceland, where volunteers continue to explore "Mars on Earth"; students can follow their adventures on the Web. Those still asking, "Isn't a Mars expedition too expensive/dangerous/irrelevant?" or "Why do we need to look for life/do this when we have problems at home/send people when we can send robots instead?" will find stimulating and compelling answers here.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue. -- Carl Sagan, The Denver Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is informative and well written.
David B. Gillespie
I was so impressed with both books and having a huge interest in Mars manned exploration and eventual colonization that I became a paid Mars Society member!
Thomas Erickson
This is an excellent read for anyone interested in the development of a permanent Mars habitat.
Tim Novak

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By William J. Clancey on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
It is easy today to despair of the world and its future: The dot-com debacle, loss of 10% of the jobs in Silicon Valley, a terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon, two wars in the Middle East, Arabs blowing themselves up on public streets, the loss of another Shuttle craft.... Yet in this same period, the four years since 2000, the Mars Society has built three research stations and already operated two with thousands of crew person-days of simulated Mars missions. Hundreds of scientists and engineers have generated a copious web site of beautifully illustrated mission reports, produced Discovery Channel and National Geographic specials, published dozens of articles in trade journals such as Scientific American and Popular Science, and presented many inspirational talks in schools and museums.
All that since 1999, about 1500 days. All that while the world looked to be going to hell, when it seemed so easy to give up, to conclude that humans are indeed too limited, too battle hungry, too lost in vanity, greed, and nationalism.
Robert Zubrin and the Mars Society have shown another way. They have shown how to set a vision, creatively finance projects, endure physical challenges-and perhaps most difficult of all, work past their own emotional weaknesses and thirst for control. This group has actually built something: exalting futuristic "habitats" rising out of the Arctic and Southwest Desert. These research stations (Flashline Mars in the Arctic and the Desert Station in Utah) are not only symbols-for that they are, on a grand scale-these are places where real work has been done, where practical engineering and ideals have moved us measurably closer to living on Mars.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Niles Donegan on October 20, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Thanks for the clarification on the identity Carl Sagan at the Denver Post, Russell. I'm sure he's a wonderful reporter, but it seems misleading (inadverently or not) to have a space science book containing glowing praise from Carl Sagan on it. There must have been dozens of other scientists and reporters available for comment on "Mars on Earth" but to include the name of a reporter on the jacket who shares the name of a famous astrophysicist is a bit confusing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Erickson on December 2, 2009
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Robert Zubrin does it again, another fascinating book. This is a book for anyone interested in Mars or high Arctic adventure.

Robert and others of the Mars Society and others want to do something to study and prepare for Mars colonization and manned exploration. One idea is a balloon/ camera for Mars recon piggybacked to someones craft to mars is thought about but the price is too high plus the uncertainty if they can get permission is discussed.Other ideas are discussed but finally building a Hab( Mars research center) to do simulated Mars research on Devon Island in the remote and brutal far north Arctic gets the go ahead.

The hardships the many volunteers go through to eventually construct the HAB on Devon Island is discussed and the difficulties to finance it. Also a HAB is built in the Utah desert with less difficulty and another one is planned to be built in Iceland.

Its a fascinating discussion of building, working together and determination against all odds. Anyone who likes space exploration and expansion of the human race will like this book as well as Arctic adventure lovers.

We see the scientists having to "sim"( simulate) wearing as close to real " Mars" space suits as possible that they could afford. They use ATVs and robots to aid the scientists where its difficult for a man/women to go although we find the vast majority of outside research/exploration is better done by humans. As much of the sites exploration for micro life at the site is done on deliberate "simulated" Martian gathering. Many other experiments are attempted all in Mars simulation. We see their problems with power, food , communication, transportation and all their hardships.
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By Tim Novak on January 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent read for anyone interested in the development of a permanent Mars habitat. The author begins with an overview of the development of a realistic plan to put a permanently manned base on Mars using currently available technology and feasible funding requirements. Discussion then follows regarding the founding of the Mars Society and their ongoing projects of developing and installing Mars analog scientific stations on Earth. International scientists volunteer their time and talents to do real science in the field under conditions analogous to working on Mars. This book is well written and reads like an adventure novel. I only wished it contained more hard detail regarding the design and construction of the habitats and analog space suits.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 16, 2003
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After six years, finally a sequal to the best selling book 'The Case For Mars'. In this work Mr. Zubrin expands his previous arguments for manned mars exploration and cronicals some of the progress towards that goal. This is the story of prople doing what needs to be done to follow there dreams.
Overall it is a quick read, only bogging down in the journal entries. The book also could use a timeline and listing of the crews in an appendix.
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