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Martian Outpost: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars (Springer Praxis Books) 2009th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0387981901
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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, AstroMadness.com, 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)

About the Author

Dr. Erik Seedhouse is eminently qualified to write this informative handbook for all potential spaceflight participants. He was an Astronaut Training Consultant and wrote the Spaceflight Participants Flight Surgeona (TM)s Manual for Bigelow Aerospace in 2005. He also developed astronaut training protocols for future spaceflight participants and wrote and edited several chapters of Bigelow Aerospacea (TM)s Astronaut Training Manual. He has written many technical and scientific articles as well as articles for Spaceflight magazine. Erik Seedhouse is a research scientist specializing in environmental life sciences and physiology, for which he obtained his Ph.D. in Physiology while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998.
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Product Details

  • Series: Springer Praxis Books
  • 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: #2,004,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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