Legendary "space statesman" Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who set foot on the moon during mankind’s first landing with Apollo 11 - and an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings - Aldrin has a vision, and in Mission to Mars he plots out the path he proposes, one that will take humans to Mars by 2035.
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"Colonizing space is essential for the long-term survival of the human race, and Buzz Aldrin’s book shows us how." (Stephen Hawking)
"Any time an Apollo-era astronaut steps forward with ideas for our future in space, it’s time to stop what whatever we’re doing and pay attention. Buzz Aldrin, one of the first moonwalkers, has no shortage of these ideas. And in Mission to Mars he treats us to how, when, and why we should travel there." (Neil deGrasse Tyson)
"Buzz Aldrin has been as far from Earth as any human being, and now he’s leading the charge to go much farther, to our next epic destination: Mars." (James Cameron)
Good book. bad narration. I find Aldrins cycler concept very interesting, and like his more holistic aproach thinking about the economical and political aspects as well as the science. His patriotic focus on the US is a bit distracting, as I think the unifying aspect of space expl. part of what makes it interesting.
And Buffalo George
In simple, clear terms, Buzz Aldrin lays out a realistic, achievable plan to get humans on Mars. He talks technology, technique, policy and human behavior. Buzz's excitement is infectious. He proposes that any plan for Mars should be permanent, not a "moon shot" flag planting, With lots of technical details and ideas, understanding parts of it can be difficult but, by and large, regular humans can understand it. Probably his most enjoyable part of the book is the "how" of a Mars landing. It's not as detailed as a Mary Roach "Packing for Mars", but sufficient to convince the average reader. Human behavior runs throughout. This book is unabashed promotion, advertisement, and advancement of the author's position. Once the reader understands that, it's an enjoyable book that makes sense and depends upon the American President of 2019.
Buzz does a great job describing some of the technologies that could be used to get to Mars. His Cycler idea is amazing. But in his quest for ultimate safety he requires a whole panoply of new technologies and intermediate steps. Using this bureaucratic plan it will take a hundred years to put boots in the ground. This approach spills over into his writing style. At times he is reading long lists of equipment or steps or even personnel. Other than this I did enjoy his descriptions of technologies and of recent lunar knowledge advanced.
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