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Turning Dust to Gold: Building a Future on the Moon and Mars (Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration) Paperback – April 8, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1441908704 ISBN-10: 1441908706 Edition: 2010th

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“Turning Dust to Gold presents a history of the space program as well as a retrospective of that history. … The interview with Neil Armstrong and a few of the others deserve wide circulation. This well-written book makes the case for space exploration and manned settlement of the moon and planets, and explains how these activities can be accomplished. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals, general readers, and all space enthusiasts.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 48 (2), October, 2010)

“The book is essentially one long argument for the exploration, settlement, and economic utilization of Earth’s natural satellite. … The moon is the principle focus throughout … . Turning Dust to Gold makes a powerful case for the importance of lunar colonization, and outlines the steps human civilization is likely to have to make in order to achieve that goal. It contains much food for thought, and I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the future of human space exploration.” (Ian Crawford, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1221), April, 2011)

“If the fiction takes place on the Moon or Mars, the fiction reader will further broaden his or her views and better exercise his or her ability to create or at least dream. This is certainly the goal of this book … . a well illustrated book with many diagrams, artistic views, and photographs. … We see it best used in a creative writing class either as an example of science fiction or as a basis for discussion between students of science and literature.” (Gary J. Long, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 3, 2011)

From the Author

I very much enjoyed researching and writing this book. While it is based on our best knowledge, I have taken the liberty to extend the possibilities to the future in what I consider a reasonable path. The interviews with key players including Neil Armstrong are very interesting! Let me know what you think.

I am pleased to announce (27 April 2012) that Turning Dust to Gold is the 2012 Engineering Sciences Book of the Year, as awarded by the International Academy of Astronautics.

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Hi: I appreciate your interest in my books. My professional interests include science and governance policy, history in general as well as the history of science. My engineering interests have focused on structures in extreme environments, for example, the ocean, in the air, in space and on the Moon. I am passionate about the benefits and importance of manned space exploration and the settlement of the Moon, Mars, and the solar system, in that order. Any nation that pursues a vital manned space program will find a tremendous return to their economy and their people. I discuss this in my new book titled Turning Dust to Gold. I hope that you will find it interesting. Let me know what you think. You can contact me through the Rutgers University website in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

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