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Trailblazing Mars

NASA's Next Giant Leap

Pat Duggins



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University Press of Florida
20 June 2017
Travel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles - both technological and financial - have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Trailblazing Mars offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. They'll have to grow their own food, find their own water, and solve their own problems and emergencies without hope of rescue or re-supply. Mars travel will be more challenging and hazardous than settling the Old West - but we were not witness to the fate of the Donner Party on CNN. Can the technological hurdles be cleared? Will the public accept the very real possibility of astronaut death? Should a mission be publicly or privately funded? Is the science worth the cost? These and many other questions are answered in Duggins's exciting new book.
By:   Pat Duggins
Imprint:   University Press of Florida
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   354g
ISBN:   9780813054810
ISBN 10:   0813054818
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   20 June 2017
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Pat Duggins is news director at Alabama Public Radio and author of Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program. He covered more than 100 space shuttle missions for NPR, starting with the 1986 Challenger accident and including three hours of live coverage following the 2003 loss of Columbia.

Reviews for Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap

Digs through the history of space exploration as well as the various issues associated with the exploration of Mars. --Space Review Keeps the fire of exploration going, looking out to the day when humans will make the trailblazing trek to Mars. --Coalition for Space Exploration Examines the history of NASA's robotic exploration of the Red Planet and the agency's plans for future human exploration. . . . Emphasizes the widespread belief that if human exploration of Mars is to take place, astronauts will have to 'live off the land' like Earth-bound explorers of the past. --Quest Duggins's timely and engrossing study will interest explorers and armchair astronauts alike, and remind readers of the excitement of outer space. --Publishers Weekly Duggins gives you the how of the process along with the facts. Who knows what trails this book will help blaze? Read on. --Bill Nye the Science Guy(R) and executive director of The Planetary Society

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