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Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – July 14, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0387981901 ISBN-10: 038798190X Edition: 2009th

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  • Series: Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Praxis; 2009 edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038798190X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0387981901
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,136,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Martian Outpost is THE book to read if you’re interested in the future of manned space exploration. It is certainly in my top three best books about Mars missions. … There’s a lot of discovering to do in ‘Martian Outpost’ and if you plan to read only one book about Mars missions in your life, then I’d recommend this one.” (Kadri Tinn,, November, 2013)

“The main areas treated here concern planning, mission architecture and design, landing, propulsion systems and mission hardware with a concentration on the NASA Ares I-Ares V system concepts. … useful to readers interested in space technology for its survey of planned spacecraft and missions for a trip to Mars and for its overview of some of the issues involved in setting up a Mars base. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 47 (5), January, 2010)

"Predicting the future is always a gamble. … With Erik Seedhouse’s book, the planning and requirements for such a complex and difficult mission are laid out for all to see. … The book also covers the options for landing and ascent on Mars, and has quite detailed planning breakdowns for the mission timeline. … The book is a really easy read and should be an immediate purchase for anyone interested in how man will get to Mars." (Nick Howes, Astronomy Now, December, 2009)

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Erik Seedhouse is an aerospace scientist whose ambition has always been to work as an astronaut. After completing his first degree in Sports Science at Northumbria University the author joined the legendary 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment, the world's most elite airborne regiment. During his time in the 'Para's' Erik spent six months in Belize, where he was trained in the art of jungle warfare and conducted several border patrols along the Belize-Guatemala border. Later, he spent several months learning the intricacies of desert warfare on the Akamas Range in Cyprus. He made more than thirty jumps from a Hercules C130 aircraft, performed more than two hundred abseils from a helicopter and fired more light anti-tank weapons than he cares to remember!

Upon returning to the comparatively mundane world of academia, the author embarked upon a Master's degree in Medical Science at Sheffield University. He supported his master's degree studies by winning prize money in 100km ultradistance running races. Shortly after placing third in the World 100km Championships in 1992 and setting the North American 100km record, the author turned to ultradistance triathlon, winning the World Endurance Triathlon Championships in 1995 and 1996. For good measure, he also won the inaugural World Double Ironman Championships in 1995 and the infamous Decatriathlon, the world's longest triathlon, an event requiring competitors to swim 38km, cycle 1800km, and run 422km. Non-stop!

Returning to academia once again in 1996, Erik pursued his Ph.D. at the German Space Agency's Institute for Space Medicine. While conducting his Ph.D studies he still found time to win Ultraman Hawaii and the European Ultraman Championships as well as completing the Race Across America bike race. Due to his success as the world's leading ultradistance triathlete Erik was featured in dozens of magazines and television interviews. In 1997, GQ magazine nominated him as the 'Fittest Man in the World'.

In 1999, Erik decided it was time to get a real job. He retired from being a professional triathlete and started his post-doctoral studies at Vancouver's Simon Fraser University's School of Kinesiology. While living in Vancouver, Erik gained his pilot's license, started climbing mountains and took up sky-diving to relax in his spare time. In 2005 the author worked as an astronaut training consultant for Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas and wrote 'Tourists in Space', a training manual for spaceflight participants. He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a member of the Aerospace Medical Association. Recently, he was one of the final thirty candidates of the Canadian Space Agency's Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. Erik currently works as manned spaceflight consultant and author. He plans to travel into space with one of the private spaceflight companies. As well as being a triathlete, skydiver, pilot and author, Erik is an avid scuba diver and has logged more than two hundred dives in more than twenty countries. His favorite movie is the director's cut of 'Blade Runner', his favorite science fiction authors are Allen Steele and Stanislav Lem and his favorite science fiction series is Red Dwarf. 'Prepare for Launch' is his fifth book. When not writing, he spends as much time as possible in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii and at his real home in Sandefjord, Norway. Erik lives with his wife and two cats on the Niagara Escarpment in Canada.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James F. Mcenanly on January 25, 2010
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This book sums up the current state of the art in Martian exploration, both our present robotic missions and future human missions of exploration, development and colonization. It, covers in depth, the problemsand prospects in Martian exploration.
One of the major topics covered is Robert Zubrin's Mars Direct program The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must . In this book, the Martian Outpost, Zubrin's plans are supported by the Constellation architecture. As the Constellation program develops, can assume that the details will change, but the basics will be the same.
All in all this book provides an overview of current thinking on Martian exploration. I am certain that it will remain such, even as new missions are launched and new discovers are made.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James M. Folks on February 28, 2010
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This book is fun from a technical perspective. It gives an overview of the myriad of issues engineers must surmount in order to successfully send human explorers to Mars at a level accessible to policy makers. That being said, occaisionally the book briefly departs into a vaguely socio-political lala land that is a little disturbing. For example, when justifying why Americans should go to Mars, the author basically argues that present day society is decadent, American children are lazy and stupid, and we need heros to inspire the masses to achieve greater things. Later on, when describing who should go to Mars, the author argues that they ought to be genetically superior, ethnically homogenous ubermenschen. When I read these parts, I couldn't help but imagine Wagner playing on the stereo as the author angrily typed away on his computer. You'd think he was an SS officer in a past life. I wondered if he was a snappy dresser.

As I said, though, in spite of some occasional lapses into a world where I'm not sure he's really thinking about what he's saying, the book is extremely illustrative about the very real technical issues facing some future explorers and the various existing proposals for going to Mars. It's a worthwhile read, particularly if you crank up the Camina Burana and wear a cool Teutonic helmet the whole time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By merlyn on April 7, 2011
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Martian Outpost is a great read especially those interested in A Mars Mission and the difficulties that encompass the preparation and journey and colonisation of the red World
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This is an excellent, realistic guide to what it would take to establish a manned outpost on Mars. It's detailed enough to keep you reading and understand the topic without overwhelming you with too much techno-jargon.

It covers everything from radiation issues, to food and fuel production. It's only a few years old now, but some info is outdated, as it doesn't cover organizations such as Mars-One and SpaceX.

Taking that into account, I still rate this as a 5-star book, simply based on the excellence of the information it contains, and the way in which is it presented.
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