The Case for Mars

The Case for Mars

The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must

By Robert Zubrin; Richard Wagner; Arthur C. Clarke (Foreword by)

Free Press, Paperback, 9781451608113, 383pp.

Publication Date: June 28, 2011


Since the beginning of human history, Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit. But all that changed when leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct. When it was first published in 1996, The Case for Mars became an instant classic, lauded widely for its game-changing perspective by those who would see the American space program rise to the challenge of Mars; Carl Sagan called Zubrin the man who, “nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue.” Now, fifteen years later, Zubrin brings readers up to date in this revised and updated anniversary edition filled with spectacular illustrations, extraordinary photographs, and one-of-a-kind anecdotes.

Unlike the dead world of the Moon, the Martian landscape is filled with possibility, but humans must be able to survive there. In the grand tradition of successful explorers, Zubrin calls for a travel-light and live-off-the-land approach to Martian settlement. He explains how scientists can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars; produce fuel and oxygen on the planet’s surface with its own natural resources; build bases and settlements; and one day terraform—or alter the atmosphere of the planet in order to pave the way for sustainable life. As the landmark mission of the Mars Science Laboratory begins, Zubrin lays out a comprehensive plan to build life on a new world.

About the Author
Robert Zubrin, formerly a senior engineer at Lockheed Martin, is the founder of Pioneer Astronautics, a space-exploration research and development firm. Currently chairman of the executive committee of the National Space Society, Dr. Zubrin lives with his family in Indian Hills, Colorado.

Wilhelm Richard Wagner (* 22. Mai 1813 in Leipzig; 13. Februar 1883 in Venedig) war ein deutscher Komponist, Dramatiker, Dichter, Schriftsteller, Theaterregisseur und Dirigent. Mit seinen Musikdramen gilt er als einer der bedeutendsten Erneuerer der europaischen Musik im 19. Jahrhundert. Er veranderte die Ausdrucksfahigkeit romantischer Musik und die theoretischen und praktischen Grundlagen der Oper, indem er dramatische Handlungen als Gesamtkunstwerk gestaltete und dazu Text, Musik und Regieanweisungen schrieb. Als erster Komponist grundete er Festspiele in dem von ihm geplanten Bayreuther Festspielhaus. Seine Neuerungen in der Harmonik beeinflussten die Entwicklung der Musik bis in die Moderne.

Arthur C. Clarke was considered to be the greatest science fiction writer of all time. He was an international treasure in many other ways: an article he wrote in 1945 led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Mr. Clarke - both fiction and nonfiction - have more than one hundred million copies in print worldwide. He died in 2008 at the age of 90.

Friday, Jul 1, 2011

In The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must, Robert Zubrin argues that America is more prepared to send astronauts to Mars today than we were to send astronauts to the Moon in 1961. And he thinks we should, despite considerable risk to potential colonists. More at

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