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Beyond Earth : our path to a new home in the planets

Author: Charles P Wohlforth; Amanda R Hendrix
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2016] ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : Document   Computer File : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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From a planetary scientist and a science writer, this book is an account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable. We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs -- Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos -- are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wohlforth, Charles P.
Beyond Earth.
New York : Pantheon Books, 2016
(DLC) 2016018868
Material Type: Document
Document Type: Book, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Charles P Wohlforth; Amanda R Hendrix
ISBN: 9780804197977 0804197970
OCLC Number: 940933205
Notes: Includes index.
Description: viii, 311 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Contents: The way off the Earth --
How to predict the future --
The inner solar system and the problem with NASA --
A home in the outer solar system --
Building a rocket quickly --
The health barrier to deep space --
Robots in space --
Solutions for long journeys --
The psychology of space travel --
Who gets to go? --
Why move into space? --
Settling a frontier --
The step after next.
Responsibility: Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix, Ph. D.

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From a planetary scientist and a science writer, this book is an account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable. We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs -- Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos -- are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel -- realities that have hampered NASA'S efforts ever since the Challenger disaster. In this book, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R. Hendrix offer research and argue that not Mars, but Titan -- a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field -- offers the most realistic prospect of life without support from Earth.

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