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Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond

Spacefarers: How Humans Will Settle the Moon, Mars, and Beyond (Hardback)

By Wanjek, Christopher

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A wry and compelling take on the who, how, and why of near-future colonies in space. From bone-whittling microgravity to eye-popping profits, the risks and rewards of space settlement have never been so close at hand. More than fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, why is... there so little human presence in space? Will we ever reach Mars? What will it take to become a multiplanet species, colonizing the solar system and traveling to other stars? Spacefarers meets these questions head on. While many books have speculated on the possibility of living beyond the Earth, few have delved into the practical challenges or plausible motives for leaving the safe confines of our home planet. Christopher Wanjek argues that there is little doubt we will be returning to the Moon and exploring Mars in the coming decades, given the potential scientific and commercial bonanza. Private industry is already taking a leading role and earning profits from human space activity. This can be, Wanjek suggests, a sustainable venture and a natural extension of earthbound science, business, and leisure. He envisions hoteling in low-earth orbit and mining, tourism, and science on the Moon. He also proposes the slow, steady development of science bases on Mars, to be followed by settlements if Martian gravity will permit reproduction and healthy child development. An appetite for wonder will take us far, but if we really want to settle new worlds, we'll need the earnest plans of engineers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. Wanjek introduces us to those planners, who are striving right now to make life in space a reality.
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ISBN 9780674984486
Released NZ 15 Mar 2020
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Format Hardback
Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780674984486
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; usually ships 2-3 weeks
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Australia Lt
Imprint Harvard University Press
Released 15 Mar 2020
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Wanjek, Christopher
Category Astronomy, Space & Time
Cosmology & The Universe
Technology, Engineering & Agriculture
Number of Pages 400
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 210mm
Dewey Code 629.442
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Space colonies, Habitable planets, Extraterrestrial anthropology
NBS Text Popular Science
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly