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Human Missions to Mars

Enabling Technologies for Exploring the Red Planet

Rapp, Donald

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2008

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  • A highly readable yet realistic view of the possibilities for human missions to Mars
  • Provides for the first time a ‘level-headed’ assessment of plans for human exploration of Mars to counteract the tendency of space agencies to take an over-optimistic approach to such interplanetary missions
  • Collects together into a single, handy reference, a wide range of material on human missions to Mars that is currently widely dispersed and fragmented in the literature
  • Describes in detail the requirements and characteristics of human missions to Mars and assesses current space agency plans in the light of such requirements
  • Contains a large number of black and white and colour illustrations and line diagrams illustrating the many practical aspects of planning and executing human missions to Mars

This book looks at human missions to Mars from an engineering perspective. It begins by describing the pros and cons of robotic exploration versus human exploration and then examines the ideas for sending humans to Mars from the point of view of both the enthusiast and the skeptic. Chapter 2 describes how space missions are planned and how they may be achieved as a sequence of separate steps. Chapter 3 deals with the complex issues relating to the outward journey to Mars and the return leg. Chapter 4 discusses a wide range of elements critical to a human Mars mission.

For any human mission to the Red Planet the possible utilization of any resources indigenous to Mars would be of great value and such possibilities are discussed in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 deals with a range of previous Mars mission studies and their technologies. Chapter 7 looks as how NASA is planning for its return to the Moon, and the use of the Moon as a stepping stone to Mars. Chapter 8 presents the author’s detailed analysis of why, in his opinion, the current NASA approach will fail to send humans to Mars before 2080. The book concludes with appendices describing the use of solar energy on the M

Content Level » Research

Keywords » moon - propulsion - robot - safety - space

Related subjects » Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Robotics

Table of contents 

Why explore Mars?.- Planning space campaigns and missions.- Getting there and back.- Critical Mars mission elements.- In situ utilization of indigenous resources.- Mars mission analysis.- How NASA is dealing with return to the Moon.- Why the NASA approach will likely fail to send humans to Mars prior to c. 2080.

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