The human race is at a crossroads. In the coming years, we will make decisions about our human spaceflight program that will lead to one of two familiar If we ever hope to live in the former scenario, says Mars Society founder Dr. Robert Zubrin, our first stepping stone must be a manned mission to Mars.
In MARS DIRECT: Space Exploration, the Red Planet, and the Human Future, a new 50-page Kindle edition by Penguin Publishing, Dr. Zubrin investigates the challenges and benefits of a manned Earth-to-Mars mission. These are challenges which, according to Dr. Zubrin, we are technologically more prepared to overcome than the obstacles of missions to the Moon in the 1960s and 70s. Dr. Zubrin’s plan could feasibly have humans on the surface of Mars within a decade. MARS DIRECT also discusses:
+ the current predicament and bureaucracy of NASA and how it is crippling our space program
+ the promise of privatized space flight from companies like SpaceX and how they are making more progress than government programs
+ the larger importance of opening the final frontier to humanity and how it could be integral to our survival
Dr. Zubrin posits that man's future as a species is intertwined with our ability to explore space and specifically Mars. In order to ensure humanity's survival, we must take the necessary baby steps away from the cradle that is planet Earth or face the possibility of our ultimate extinction.
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