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Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization [Zubrin, 2000] (softcover)
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305 pgs, 2000, New York: Tarcher/Putnam
Zubrin, called "The Tom Paine of Space," uses history and common-sense engineering to present possibilities for exploration and colonization of our solar system and beyond.
The internationally renowned astronautical engineer, whose humans-to-Mars mission plan was recently adapted by NASA, surveys reusable rocketry, ideal locations for initial colonies, mining asteroids, interstellar travel, and contact with other intelligent lifeforms.
"Entering Space as a plan for the human future is unique in being both visionary and tecnically sound. It is a call to adventure and a plan for our future."
--Chris McKay, scientist, NASA Center for Mars Exploration
"Zubrin shows how a flight to Mars has progressed from fantasy to ... a reality that can be achieved by us. Zubrin is showing us the way."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
TYPE 1: Completing Global Civilizations
- On the Threshold of the Universe
- The Age of Dinosaurs
- The New Space Race
- Doing Business on Orbit
TYPE 2: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization
- The View from the Moon
- Mars: The New World
- Asteroids for Good and Evil
- Settling the Outer Solar System
TYPE 3: Entering Galactic Civilization
- The Challenge of Interstellar Travel
- Extraordinary Engineering
- Meeting ET
- North to the Stars
Appendix: Founding Declaration of the Mars Society