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.
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