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Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration [Kindle Edition]

Buzz Aldrin , Leonard David
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Can astronauts reach Mars by 2035? Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Adrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to America’s future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security. What we need, he argues, is a commitment by the U.S. President as rousing as JFK’s promise to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s—an audacious, inspiring goal-and a unified vision for space exploration. In Mission to Mars, Aldrin plots that trajectory, stressing that American-led space exploration is essential to the economic and technological vitality of the nation and the world. Do you dare to dream big? Then join Aldrin in his thought provoking and inspiring Mission to Mars.


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Since sharing the spotlight with Neil Armstrong during the first moon landing in 1969, Aldrin has made good use of his celebrity status to promote space exploration at every opportunity, appearing in films, lending his voice to a Simpsons episode, and even recording a rap song with Snoop Dogg to benefit his nonprofit foundation, ShareSpace. For his latest project, a book-length outline of, among other things, his vision for regular sojourns to Mars, Aldrin adopts a more sober tone. After a laudatory foreword by his son Andrew, Aldrin begins by calling for a new nongovernmental, U.S.-led space advisory group, then wholeheartedly endorses commercial space travel for paying passengers. He then lays out his blueprint for establishing a base on Mars involving a novel “flexible path” approach, with Mars’ moon Phobos as a docking station. No one will consider Aldrin a first-rate author, even with help from veteran journalist David, but his ideas are undeniably provocative and guaranteed to stir controversy among both amateur and professional space-travel enthusiasts. --Carl Hays

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"Colonizing space is essential for the long term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin's book shows us how." —Stephen Hawking
 
"Buzz Aldrin has been as far from Earth as any human being, and now he's leading the charge to go much farther, to our next epic destination: Mars." —James Cameron
 
“Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it’s time to stop what whatever we’re doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in Mission to Mars he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Buzz is one of the foremost forward thinkers of our time and this book will be essential reading for those who care about humanity’s future in space.” —Richard Branson 

“Although the lunar landing is decades behind him, Dr. Aldrin is just plain passionate about humankind’s exploration of space. An extraordinary pilot, scuba diver, moonwalker, and the first man to board a spacecraft on its way back to Earth, he advises us to keep going— farther and deeper into space. Page by page, this book makes you want to slide into your space suit and light your engines.” —Bill Nye, The Science Guy®

“A masterful array of strategies for exploration by a true space expert and patriot.” —Michael Collins, astronaut and command module pilot, Apollo 11
 
“Mission to Mars is pure Buzz: creative ideas flying off the pages, a big picture view of how to move forward, and a laser-like focus on why space exploration is key to humanity's future. Buzz Aldrin has been making major contributions to the U.S. space program for a half century, and his new book continues that tradition.” —John M. Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute and professor emeritus, The George Washington University
 
“I’ve traveled to the North Pole with Buzz, and if I were to travel to Mars I can’t think of a better person to plan the trip than he. Sign me up!” —Norm Augustine, Chairman, U.S. Human Spaceflight Review Committee
 
“Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars presents a bold, inviting plan to colonize Mars. His call that the ‘Earth isn’t the only world for us anymore’ is incontrovertible.” Roger D. Launius, Senior Curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum

“No one's given more thought to Mars exploration than Buzz Aldrin— a hero whose legacy as one of the first men on the moon may well be eclipsed by his contributions to engineering our future in space." —Elliot Holokauahi Pulham, CEO, The Space Foundation

“There are places to go beyond belief, and this book is the call to get there.” —Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources

"Aldrin’s hand-drawn diagrams throughout the book offer a uniquely human glimpse at what must be going through an astronaut’s mind as he looks up at the night sky." --Washington Post

"A blend of reminisces, snippets of mission and policy concepts, and revisited analyses of the space landscape to-date." —Space Safety Magazine

“A detailed, multi-stage plan for journeying to the red planet that would culminate in the first permanent human settlement beyond the Earth.” --Smithsonian Magazine

Product Details

  • File Size: 15999 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (May 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008EDPMB2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUZZ ALDRIN's VISIONARY MISSION TO MARS May 7, 2013
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Five PROVOCATIVE Stars! In his latest book, iconic moon-walker astronaut Buzz Aldrin lays out an impressive long-range program that could be used to get mankind from Earth to Mars, not just for a one-time visit but to establish a permanent presence on the Red Planet. Based on this book, Aldrin has been in the forefront of planning for Mars over the years, and his overall collaborative Unified Space Vision (USV) foresees using everything from the International Space Station, to our own moon, to asteroid visits, comet explorations, and even the martian moon Phobos as stepping stones and key components. He favors the use of "reusable, recyclable space transportation" and equipment as the building blocks of "cycling" networks to support and replenish the movement of people, cargo, and other essential materials between the "celestial triad" of Earth, the moon, and Mars. Aldrin's grand architectural vision is impressive and seems logical and workable, at least from the perspective of this layman reviewer. Sign me up for that voyage! Highly Recommended. Five EXPLORATORY Stars! (272 pages reviewed in Kindle text and text-to-speech)
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Buzz Aldrin, as we all know, flew in the first manned Moon landing mission, on Apollo 11, and became the second man to walk on the Moon, after Neil Armstrong. Today, he speaks at space development conferences about exploring and developing space, but his true vision is on Mars.
Aldrin's latest book, "Mission to Mars," explains all this, and it starts from the very beginning. Aldrin's life is briefly covered, from his time flying in the Korean War to his acceptance by NASA and then training as an astronaut, leading up to his flight on Apollo 11. One little known fact is that the landing itself was difficult, avoiding boulders and rock strewn areas to find that smooth spot to land, their near abort, and finally locating the place to land, and the rest is history.
After Apollo, Aldrin has been focusing on the future of humanity in space, not as competitors, but as a unified species, venturing into the unknown together. Aldrin looks beyond the Cold War, Apollo, and the shuttle to accomplish this. This is because Aldrin, though no longer a part of NASA, has stuck with his dream through 11 presidents, and has seen many visions of space come and go, supported by one president, cancelled by the next.
Aldrin, as well as being a former astronaut and Moon walker, is also an engineer, and in describing his vision for space, has done his homework.
This book covers eight chapters that are easy to read and understand. In addition to his early life to Apollo, Aldrin then proposes, and has patented, his own spacecraft system called Starcraft Boosters, what the shuttle was originally intended to be, though that itself isn't mentioned.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When if not now? May 24, 2013
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"There is no reason to go there," "Let's wait until we have better technology," "Let's straighten up our home front first before we venture into somewhere else." These tired, old excuses could have been said to Columbus or any of the great explorers in our history; people use them to stall progress since the day of dawn. Yet, here we are, thousands of years later, and we still kill each other on a daily basis. Let's face it, humanity haven't changed a bit, and if we were to wait for the perfect time for everything, we would still live in caves and pray for some imaginary lightning god for fire. Curiosity and exploration are the real driving forces of progress. We harvest and bask in the fruits of scientific progress today, of which not a small part come from space exploration from our kitchenware to satellite TV. Similarly, the process of exploring Mars could hold technologies that could define our future for centuries to come. Or maybe not... But if we don't go and look, we will never know!

For that reason, I wholeheartedly agree with the central premise of this book, and I am overjoyed to see the growing number of private companies taking up the baton our government had dropped decades ago.

"The day we stop exploring is the day we commit ourselves to live in a stagnant world, devoid of curiosity, empty of dreams."
- Neil deGrass Tyson
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bold vision of space exploration June 15, 2013
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In this book, Buzz Aldrin outlines a vision of planetary exploration, including the development of new rockets, a lunar base, a mission to an asteroid, bases on the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos, and finally landing and development of the red planet by 2035. It is an aggressive but realistic timeline and one to arouse excitement. It covers most of the major technologies needed to make the vision possible, though not all in great depth.

Two faults prevent me from giving this book a full five stars. First, the book descends into sloganeering at a number of points and uses what--and I deeply regret that I am compelled to make use of the pun--must be called buzz words. Second, the author does betray a rather strong ego throughout the book and often makes the book about himself in a way that detracts from the subject matter. Despite these flaws, I recommend it to space and science enthusiasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition and great subject matter.
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Go Buzz!
Published 13 days ago by Jim Coe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, definitely Buzz Aldrin material
Great book, definitely Buzz Aldrin material, if you are a person that loves space travel, then this is a great way to continue chasing that dream. Read more
Published 1 month ago by OJ*
5.0 out of 5 stars He enjoyed reading it very much
I bought this as a gift to my elder son. He enjoyed reading it very much. Buzz Aldrin is a legendary figure in our time and we must thank him for sharing his rich knowledge and... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gayantha
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the book
Loved the book. Very detailed. Buzz Aldrin makes a great case for a trip to Mars. Excellent read for any Science or Science Fiction Buff. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dr. Arthur I. Slotnick
3.0 out of 5 stars But Why?
The only problem I have with the book is that he doesn't give enough reason as to why we should or need to got to Mars or anywhere. Other than just to say we can. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Paul Stowers
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Buzz Aldrin's Book
I agree with the majority of the plans that Buzz Aldrin presented in his book on a Mission to Mars. It is unfortunate that a Moon Station was not developed in the 80s or 90s when... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nancy Plamp
5.0 out of 5 stars Onwards to Mars!
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. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Orrman-Rossiter
4.0 out of 5 stars A highly motivating book.
I am pleased that I read this book. Having walked on the moon qualifies him for a first read but the strength of his argument for a journey to Mars qualifies him for a second. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Andrew Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong case for a trip to Mars
Clearly written. Talks about new technology of which I was unaware. Some of it is more cheer leading than narrative, but most people think the space race is dead. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Robert G. Riemann
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