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Expedition Mars: How We Are Going to Get to Mars (Springer-Praxis Books in Astronomy and Space Sciences)

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The technical challenges of a human expedition to Mars are the principal theme to be explored by Martin Turner in Expedition Mars. The author begins by describing how the very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors which will enable a human expedition to Mars to take place. Of particular importance are the challenges of transporting cargo to Mars and in providing necessary life support for the crew, including the supply of consumables, such as food, water, air and fuel, for the return journey. In this regard the author considers how the International Space Station fits into the strategy for a human journey to the Red Planet, in its preparation of astronauts for long-duration spaceflight and the possible hazards posed by space radiation and prolonged weightlessness. The author discusses the relative merits of fast and slow journeys to Mars, i.e. is quicker also safer and cheaper? Also of importance is the role of unmanned robotic explorers in preparing the ground for human activities on Mars and in defining what the surface of Mars is like. The means by which future explorers will live and work on Mars are also explored, including issues such as habitation, modules, Mars buggies, spacesuits, scientific experiments and communications with Earth. He concludes by looking at the possible political obstacles to such a journey, but points out that sooner or later humans will have to make a choice; stay here on Earth or explore the Solar System beyond. One route takes us nowhere, the other leads to the stars.

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The author begins by describing how the very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors which will enable a human expedition to Mars to take place.

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From the reviews: "...I enjoyed the historical descriptions of the contributions of the early rocket pioneers Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Wernher von Braun, as well as the American and Russian manned programs...The book is aimed at the science-literate public, although the material varies in level of detail." (George D. Nelson, PHYSICS TODAY, June 2005)

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For those interested in the human conquest of space and exploration of the planets, Martin Turner describers the challenges that will be presented by the next "giant leap" in the human exploration of our Solar System--a return journey to the Red Planet. The author begins by describing how the very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors that will enable a human expedition to Mars. Of particular importance are the challenges of transporting cargo to Mars and in providing necessary life support for the crew, including supply of consumables, such as food, water, air and fuel, for the return journey.

Table of Contents

Preface.- Acknowledgements.- List of Illustrations, colour plates and tables.- Return to Space.- Werner Von Braun and the Martian Dream.- Getting There. - Human Exploration using Chemical Rockets.- Electric Thrusters: Propulsion of the Future - Now.- Fission thrusters: the Logical Answer?.- The Return from Mars.- The Expedition to Mars.- How Do we Get There, From Here?

Product Details

ISBN:
9781852337353
Author:
Turner, Martin J. L.
Publisher:
Springer
Location:
London
Subject:
Aeronautics & Astronautics
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Astronomy
Subject:
Manned space flight
Subject:
Astronomy - Universe
Subject:
Space flight to mars
Subject:
Mercury
Subject:
Mars
Subject:
Nuclear
Subject:
Electric propulsion.
Subject:
Human exploration
Subject:
Science Reference-Technology
Subject:
Human space exploration
Subject:
Mission to Mars
Subject:
colony on Mars
Subject:
Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
Subject:
Popular Science in Astronomy
Subject:
Aerospace Technology and Astronautics
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
2004
Series:
Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration
Publication Date:
20040131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
170 x 240 mm 660 gr

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Expedition Mars: How We Are Going to Get to Mars (Springer-Praxis Books in Astronomy and Space Sciences) New Trade Paper
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Product details 344 pages Springer-Verlag - English 9781852337353 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The author begins by describing how the very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors which will enable a human expedition to Mars to take place.
"Synopsis" by , From the reviews: "...I enjoyed the historical descriptions of the contributions of the early rocket pioneers Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Robert Goddard, and Wernher von Braun, as well as the American and Russian manned programs...The book is aimed at the science-literate public, although the material varies in level of detail." (George D. Nelson, PHYSICS TODAY, June 2005)
"Synopsis" by , For those interested in the human conquest of space and exploration of the planets, Martin Turner describers the challenges that will be presented by the next "giant leap" in the human exploration of our Solar System--a return journey to the Red Planet. The author begins by describing how the very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors that will enable a human expedition to Mars. Of particular importance are the challenges of transporting cargo to Mars and in providing necessary life support for the crew, including supply of consumables, such as food, water, air and fuel, for the return journey.
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