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Spacefarers : how humans will settle the Moon, Mars, and beyond / Christopher Wanjek.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780674984486
  • ISBN: 067498448X
  • Physical Description: 389 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction: Pre-launch -- Living on earth -- Check up before count down -- Living in orbit -- Living on the Moon -- Living on asteroids -- Living on Mars -- Living in the inner and outer solar system and beyond -- Epilogue: Welcome home.
Summary, etc.:
"More than fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, why is there so little human presence in space? Will we ever reach Mars? What will it take to become a multiplanet species, colonizing the solar system and traveling to other stars? Spacefarers meets these questions head on. While many books have speculated on the possibility of living beyond the Earth, few have delved into the practical challenges or plausible motives for leaving the safe confines of our home planet. Christopher Wanjek argues that there is little doubt we will be returning to the Moon and exploring Mars in the coming decades, given the potential scientific and commercial bonanza. Private industry is already taking a leading role and earning profits from human space activity. This can be, Wanjek suggests, a sustainable venture and a natural extension of earthbound science, business, and leisure. He envisions hoteling in low-earth orbit and mining, tourism, and science on the Moon. He also proposes the slow, steady development of science bases on Mars, to be followed by settlements if Martian gravity will permit reproduction and healthy child development. An appetite for wonder will take us far, but if we really want to settle new worlds, we'll need the earnest plans of engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Wanjek introduces us to those planners, who are striving right now to make life in space a reality"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Astronautics and civilization.
Interplanetary voyages.
Outer space > Exploration.
Astronautics and civilization.
Exploration of outer space.
Interplanetary voyages.
Outer space.