Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration

Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration

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Overview

Can astronauts reach Mars by 2035? Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to America's future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security. What we need, he argues, is a commitment by the U.S. President as rousing as JFK's promise to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s-an audacious, inspiring goal-and a unified vision for space exploration. In Mission to Mars, Aldrin plots that trajectory, stressing that American-led space exploration is essential to the economic and technological vitality of the nation and the world. Do you dare to dream big? Then join Aldrin in his thought provoking and inspiring Mission to Mars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426214684
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 05/05/2015
Pages: 258
Sales rank: 326,188
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

BUZZ ALDRIN, best known for his Apollo 11 moonwalk, holds a doctorate degree in astronautics and, at the age of 82, continues to wield influence as an international advocate of space science and planetary exploration. He has written three nonfiction books, two science fact/fiction novels, and two children's books. Co-author LEONARD DAVID is a veteran space journalist and winner of the 2010 National Space Club Press Award.

Table of Contents

Foreword Andrew Aldrin vii

Chapter 1 The View From Air Force One 1

Chapter 2 Time for Decision-making: Call for a Unified Space Vision 29

Chapter 3 Your Space: Building the Business Case 51

Chapter 4 Dreams of My Moon 81

Chapter 5 Voyage to Armageddon 115

Chapter 6 The March to Mars 145

Chapter 7 Homesteading the Red Planet 165

Chapter 8 The Clarion Call 201

Appendix 211

Illustrations Credits 249

Index 251

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

"Colonizing space is essential for the long term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin's book shows us how." —Stephen Hawking
 
"Buzz Aldrin has been as far from Earth as any human being, and now he's leading the charge to go much farther, to our next epic destination: Mars." —James Cameron
 
“Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it’s time to stop what whatever we’re doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in Mission to Mars he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Buzz is one of the foremost forward thinkers of our time and this book will be essential reading for those who care about humanity’s future in space.” —Richard Branson 

“Although the lunar landing is decades behind him, Dr. Aldrin is just plain passionate about humankind’s exploration of space. An extraordinary pilot, scuba diver, moonwalker, and the first man to board a spacecraft on its way back to Earth, he advises us to keep going— farther and deeper into space. Page by page, this book makes you want to slide into your space suit and light your engines.” —Bill Nye, The Science Guy®

“A masterful array of strategies for exploration by a true space expert and patriot.” —Michael Collins, astronaut and command module pilot, Apollo 11
 
“Mission to Mars is pure Buzz: creative ideas flying off the pages, a big picture view of how to move forward, and a laser-like focus on why space exploration is key to humanity's future. Buzz Aldrin has been making major contributions to the U.S. space program for a half century, and his new book continues that tradition.” —John M. Logsdon, founder of the Space Policy Institute and professor emeritus, The George Washington University
 
“I’ve traveled to the North Pole with Buzz, and if I were to travel to Mars I can’t think of a better person to plan the trip than he. Sign me up!” —Norm Augustine, Chairman, U.S. Human Spaceflight Review Committee
 
“Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars presents a bold, inviting plan to colonize Mars. His call that the ‘Earth isn’t the only world for us anymore’ is incontrovertible.” Roger D. Launius, Senior Curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum

“No one's given more thought to Mars exploration than Buzz Aldrin— a hero whose legacy as one of the first men on the moon may well be eclipsed by his contributions to engineering our future in space." —Elliot Holokauahi Pulham, CEO, The Space Foundation

“There are places to go beyond belief, and this book is the call to get there.” —Chris Lewicki, President & Chief Asteroid Miner, Planetary Resources

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