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Moon Rush: The New Space Race Hardcover – Illustrated, May 7, 2019
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“There’s a whole lot of buzz about such possibilities, but David is the first to offer a cohesive vision of what scientists, industry, and the world’s space-faring governments have in mind.” –Wired
"My new book for National Geographic – Moon Rush: The New Space Race – will be launched next May, a volume that explores the Moon in all its facets, from ancient myth to future “Moon Village” plans; inside information about how the United States, allies and competitors, as well as key private corporations like Moon Express and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, plan to reach, inhabit, and even harvest the Moon in the decades to come." –Leonarddavid.com/starstruck
"Award-winning space journalist Leonard David covers lunar science as well as the other motivations to go to the moon...In addition to a foreword by Buzz Aldrin, there’s an afterword by Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt, the last person alive to set foot on the moon." –Geekwire
“There’s a growing commercial and international interest in robotic and human missions to the Moon, stimulated by tried-and-true national prestige or more uncertain business prospects. That’s nicely summarized in Moon Rush, the latest book by veteran space journalist Leonard David…But unlike so many other books this year that look backward to Apollo 11 and the early Space Age, most of Moon Rush primarily looks ahead to the future of lunar exploration.” –The Space Review
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- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1426220057
- ISBN-13 : 978-1426220050
- Product Dimensions : 6.21 x 0.91 x 9.25 inches
- Publisher : National Geographic; Illustrated Edition (May 7, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #868,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If you are a dyed in the wool space junkie, scouring the web periodically looking for new space info, then there is probably nothing new to be found in this book. But if you have a casual interest in science and space then you should buy this book. Everything you thought about lunar exploration is in the process of being re-written.
Many people are unaware that there is a new race for the moon. This new race is not about politics and national pride but about commercial development.
The author starts with a recap of the space race of the 50s, 60s, and 70s and then gets into the current state of lunar exploration which is a new space race spearheaded by numerous domestic and foreign government and corporate entities. The U.S., China, Russia, India, Israel and Japan are in it to stay. The motivation is money, of course. The Moon offers access to environments and raw materials that are impossible to find on earth.
This is a well written book and is easy to read and hard to put down. Two thumbs up!
A gateway space station is being developed that will enable human beings to live and work on the moon for up to 90 days at a time. A moon elevator is also in the works. It starts on the surface of the moon and goes into space. This invention would make moon experiments easier and quicker to do. It would also be fascinating to drink a glass of water that came out of the moon. It would probably be purer like any water on earth. These are amazing innovations, and I love Leonard David's optimism. But, I also appreciate the information he shares about the negative aspects of the moon. Lunar dust is toxic to the lungs is all around the moon's surface. Radiation from solar flares can be equally deadly to people. I learned so much about the moon because of this book.
If I had bought it instead of getting it free through Vine, I’d be disappointed.
The first half, at a somewhat superficial, science-supplement level, covers the state of our knowledge of the Moon, how we learned what we know, and what roles the Apollo missions and their robotic precursors played in supplying much of that knowledge in the course of landing astronauts on the lunar surface in humankind’s only in-person explorations of another celestial body. There’s nothing new here that dedicated space enthusiasts won’t already know. The text is repetitious in spots (for example, it repeats many, MANY times the likelihood that water ice may exist in permanently shadowed craters at the lunar poles), and the narrative could have benefited from a firm editorial hand and better organization. Still, it’s a useful summary of lunar activities up to the end of the Apollo program.
The second half covers what we’ve learned from the post-Apollo missions that several nations have conducted (all of them robotic, so far) and describes those that are in the works for the near future. Then author Leonard David looks at what may seem to be “far-out” plans, many of them by private-sector and commercial enterprises rather than NASA or other government agencies, to return humans to the Moon to exploit its resources. I found these parts of the book tedious and unsatisfying.
I don’t dispute that the Moon has almost incalculable resources that could be put to good use on the home planet. Nor do I doubt that the technology exists, or can be readily developed, to send humans back to the moon to stay rather than just to visit. But, having experienced the heady days of Apollo and seen the sickening aftermath as America lost its collective national “can-do” spirit and its willingness to fund further human space exploration, I tend to think that the high-dollar future programs that Mr. David describes are destined to remain “pie-in-the-sky.”
In the glory days of Apollo, no one thought the program signaled both the beginning and the end of human space exploration of worlds other than our own. But it did, and that’s why no one has walked on the moon in the last 50 years. Sadly, I think the chances of today’s plugged-in, selfie-obsessed, ADD-afflicted society ever supporting the cost of returning humans to the moon full-time are very slim. Some commercial and/or non-U.S. manned lunar ventures may succeed in the future, of course, and they may briefly divert attention from the latest celebrity scandal or viral cat video. But that’s not the recipe for long-term success.
And what about politics, which was as important to the success of Apollo as was the genius of Dr. Wernher von Braun? President John F. Kennedy’s 1961 speech before Congress that set America on the path to the Moon also unified the nation toward achieving that goal. Today is different. From “Moon Rush”—“…experts in the United States agree that long-term bipartisan political backing is essential…a consistent plan must be set with broad, bipartisan support.” Can you imagine broad, bipartisan support for ANYTHING in America today? Yeah, me neither. Unless the dynamics of our broken democracy change drastically, and soon, I suspect America will continue marching full-speed back to the Dark Ages, where, ultimately, we may do nothing more than gaze upon the Moon incuriously while living out our lives as an inward-focused, single-planet species—at least until the effects of anthropogenic climate change render the issue moot.
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The work also includes some other material related to the moon, e.g. theories on its formation. I was a bit surprised to learn the the conventional impact theory has some problems and is not quite so widely accepted as I had thought.
This book is OK for a quick survey of lunar exploration. But anyone expecting an in-depth coverage of the topic will be disappointed.
como faz Robert Zubrin).
Também não me agradou esse discurso de que os USA precisa retornar a Lua para manter seu “Poder Geopolítico”, ou seja, parece que autor se preocupa mais com o poder dos USA do que nos benefícios para a humanidade que adviriam do retorno a Lua.
O autor deixa transparecer seu apoio a Trump...