2012, XXVIII, 253 p. 84 illus., 75 illus. in color.
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Provides an overview of the technical and human factors that must be considered in order to embark upon a manned mission to the outer planets
Offers a unique insight into and an understanding of how humans will survive and adapt during trips to the outer planets
Author has trained as an astronaut and written extensively on setting up habitable environments in space and thus knows the issues involved quite well
Continues the successful outpost book series of science writer Erik Seedhouse
Water has been discovered on the Saturnian moon, Enceladus, and on Jupiter's moons, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Where there is water, could there be life? Could this tantalizing possibility result in a manned mission to the outer planets? But how will such a mission be designed, what propulsion system will be used, and what hazards will the crewmembers face?
Interplanetary Outpost describes step by step how the mission architecture will evolve, how crews will be selected and trained, and what the mission will entail from launch to landing. It addresses the effects that exteneded duration, radiation, communication, and isolation will have on the human body, and how not only performance but behavior might be affected.
Content Level »Popular/general
Keywords »Astronaut selection - HOPE mission - Human missions to outer planets - Interplanetary astronauts - Interplanetary outpost - Manned spaceflight - Mission architecture - Mission objectives - Moons of Jupiter - Propulsion systems - Seedhouse outpost space books