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Mars on Earth (pb reprint) Paperback
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
But for a few notable exceptions, many of the technical results reported in the book are probably not all that useful. It is apparent that many of the author's technical conclusions are based on his personal opinions and not the result of any form of objective scientific inquiry. We will have to see what makes it into peer reviewed journals and conference proceedings to determine what this research really accomplished. Undoubtedly the Mars habitat water consumption and recycling information is important as are some of the exploration strategies discussed. But it appears as though the Mars Society is still developing an understanding as to what kinds of research can best be pursued at their habitats. Proving you can do various tasks in a very low fidelity spacesuit simulator is of extremely limited value.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was hoping that Bob Zubrin would bring up to date his compelling book, The Case for Mars, and here it is! Read morePublished on December 29, 2003 by Amazon Customer
Dr. Zubrin's recollection of the events leading up to the formation of the Mars Society, the construction of the arctic and desert research stations, and the occupation of those... Read morePublished on November 13, 2003 by Mr. Jody Herperger
Once again Dr. Zubrin has written a fascinating and mind expanding book about journeying to Mars. This book is the story of The Mars Society and the projects they have undertaken... Read morePublished on November 6, 2003 by David B. Gillespie
While Mars on Earth does provide an overview of the accomplishments of the Mars Society, a word of caution about the details provided is in order. Read morePublished on November 3, 2003
The Case for Mars was a very entertaining book for the layperson. I look forward to reading the newest book. I volunteered for the FMARS but didn't get to go. Read morePublished on October 23, 2003 by Russell Dale