How We'll Live on Mars

How We'll Live on Mars

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"It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We'll need to. In this sweeping, provocative book that mixes business, science, and human reporting, Petranek makes the case that living on Mars is an essential back-up plan for humanity and explains in fascinating detail just how it will happen. The race is on. Private companies, driven by iconoclastic entrepreneurs, such as Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Paul Allen, and Sir Richard Branson; Dutch reality show and space mission Mars One; NASA; and the Chinese government are among the many groups competing to plant the first stake on Mars and open the door for human habitation. Why go to Mars? Life on Mars has potential life-saving possibilities for everyone on earth. Depleting water supplies, overwhelming climate change, and a host of other disasters--from terrorist attacks to meteor strikes--all loom large. We must become a space-faring species to survive. We have the technology not only to get humans to Mars, but to convert Mars into another habitable planet. It will likely take 300 years to "terraform" Mars, as the jargon goes, but we can turn it into a veritable second Garden of Eden. And we can live there, in specially designed habitations, within the next twenty years. In this exciting chronicle, Petranek introduces the circus of lively characters all engaged in a dramatic effort to be the first to settle the Red Planet. How We'll Live on Mars brings firsthand reporting, interviews with key participants, and extensive research to bear on the question of how we can expect to see life on Mars within the next twenty years"--
Publisher: New York : TED Books/Simon & Schuster, 2015.
Edition: First TED Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476784762
Characteristics: 77 pages :,colour illustrations ;,19 cm
Alternative Title: How we will live on Mars


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Mar 11, 2018

Written in a readable manner without too much scientific jargon, this book presents going to Mars and living there as a definite possibility in the next decade or two. From the title, one can understand that the author is enthusiastic about the race of man going to its second planet to establish a safeguard against its annihilation due to our poisoning of our first home or a grand cosmic accident.
I learned that NASA is more interested in traveling to Mars and settling it with people than I had thought, but after giving up on anything so adventuresome after “winning” the space race in 1969 by our Moon landing, I wondered if we’d head for the Red Planet. Fortunately, we have businesses that want to go there for various reasons and I think might be able to help NASA or make it a race between them.
If you are looking for a scientific “wow” moment, this book will not do it for you, but you will learn about the expected problems, their proposed solutions and a plethora of unknowns that could still plague the first colonists to our neighbor.

LPL_IlkaI Jan 30, 2016

To get in the spirit for Read Across Lawrence's selection, The Martian by Andy Weir, I picked up this book based on the title alone. What I thought would be a swift read through its' 77 pages was easily refuted. The vast information housed was gripping and all of my questions raised throughout were answered. This book will shine a new light on what it means for humans to explore Mars, the strides that have already been made, and the effort it will take to make it a reality. I encourage everyone to read this book!

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