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How We'll Live on Mars (TED Books)

by Stephen Petranek

Series: TED Books

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A very brief treatment of the subject. There was a sticker on it saying the new National Geographic TV series is based on the book--which is, to put it mildly, a giant leap. ( )
  unclebob53703 | Nov 28, 2016 |

Someday in the far future the sun will expand and the mother earth will become uninhabitable. Someday closer to today we will pollute the earth to the point where it becomes uninhabitable. Someday we will have to move to another planet in order not to have all our evolutionary eggs in one basket. We have no dinosaurs because when an extinction event occurred they had no warning and no place else to go. If we are to survive as a species we will need to go into space and live on another planet. The closest one in our solar system is Mars. This book is a short primer on how to get to Mars and what to do to make it habitable. This book is for the believer. If you have a friend who thinks Earth is fine and it will always be here this book will not convince them to go to Mars. What this book will do is share the vision of what it takes to get to Mars and make it a place to live. The book examines in a brief way all the challenges involved surrounding getting to and living on Mars Most of the book is grounded in current technology. These parts are highly readable. The book becomes a little hard to read when it begins to discuss terraforming, i.e. changing Mars to make it more Earth-like. This book is a TED talk. TED talks are 18 minute lectures on a variety of topics. Stephen Petranek has numerous awards for writing on nature and science. He is an editor for Discover magazine. the leading lay publication on science. His first TED talk was 10 ways the World Could End. This would be a good one to listen to share with for someone you are trying to convince about the wisdom spending money to develop a Mars program, ( )
  Cataloger623 | Nov 23, 2016 |
In this slim, little TED Talks book of 77 pages, we are given why we need to go to Mars and why we haven't made it there yet and what we will have to do once we get there, with a minor sidetrip to the asteroid belt. That is a lot for so small a book, but it is sponsored by the folks at TED Talks, where you get a ton of information in 18 minutes or less. I remember watching the moon landing in 1969 and dreaming I would visit my grandchildren on Mars. That is a dream that won't come true. Once the politicians proved the big war rockets would work, by using them to send some astronauts to the moon and back again, our political system was done spending money on space. This book shows how we can get back on track, bypassing the government and corporation and relying on the entrepreneurial streak in the human spirit. ( )
  susanbeamon | Sep 20, 2015 |
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