Space Exploration

Mars One

The Ultimate Reality TV Show?

Authors: Seedhouse, Erik

Free Preview
  • Chronicles the history of the now notorious Mars One venture from concept to candidate selection
  • Explains the technological and medical infeasibility of the Mars One plans, with direct comparisons to the astronaut selection process applied to professional astronauts
  • Addresses the appeal of risky space exploration adventures through interviews with candidates
see more benefits

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44497-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $37.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44496-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
About this book

This book dissects the hype and hubris of the Mars One venture. Every aspect of the mission design is scrutinized, from the haphazard selection process to the unproven mission architecture. A controversial project, many professional astronauts consider Mars One a reckless attempt, yet it gained popular attention.

This go-to reference guide provides the reader with insights into the myriad issues arising from the project's loss of funding, loss of sponsorship, loss of TV rights. It explains what contributed to an overly optimistic assessment of Mars One's mission-specific technology, and what captivated the public and the many willing candidates despite these flaws. From the author of Survival and Sacrifice in Mars Exploration (2015) among many more books on spacefaring, this is yet another up-to-the-minute account of an emerging player in the private space market from an expert on the subject.

About the authors

Dr. Erik Seedhouse is a research scientist specializing in environmental life sciences and physiology, the subject in which he obtained his Ph.D. while working for the European Space Agency between 1996 and 1998. In 2009, he was one of the final candidates for selection as an astronaut in the CSA’s Astronaut Recruitment Campaign. He is a certified commercial suborbital astronaut and is the Canadian Payload Broker for XCOR via Arête. Between 2008-13 he was Director of Canada's Manned Centrifuge and Hypobaric Chamber Operations. He is a spaceflight instructor for the American Astronautics Institute and the Training Director for Astronauts for Hire. He works as manned spaceflight consultant, triathlon coach, author and public speaker. He is currently co-authoring a book with Franklin Chang-Diaz on the subject of VASIMR. He applied to the Mars One venture in the spirit of 'nothing ventured, nothing gained'. He was not among the final 100 finalists, which is probably a good thing knowing what we know now!

Reviews

“In this work, Seedhouse, a research scientist, correctly enumerates the many medical and technological issues with the approach of the project. … he outlines the major challenges facing a human mission to Mars and skillfully shows the unfeasibility of Mars One. Summing Up: Recommended. All readers.” (J. Z. Kiss, Choice, Vol. 54 (10), June, 2017)

“Addressing all Mars One mission aspects Seedhouse is drawing on his vast experience and on the results of almost all relevant human spaceflight studies as well as on NASA reports … . it is also providing an unprecedented complete and thorough compilation of all current mission scenarios, studies and mission analyses about sending humans to Mars … . In this respect the book can be considered as a ‘Guide to Mars’ (and safe return)’ for space enthusiasts interested … .” (The Journal of Space Operations & Communicator, opsjournal.org, Vol. 13 (4), 2016)


Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $29.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44497-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover $37.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-44496-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Loading...

Recommended for you

Loading...

Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mars One
Book Subtitle
The Ultimate Reality TV Show?
Authors
Series Title
Space Exploration
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-44497-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-44497-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-44496-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIII, 174
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations, 84 illustrations in colour
Topics