The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

Erik Seedhouse

MARTIAN OUTPOST: The Challenges of Establishing a Human Settlement on Mars

When, as planned, astronauts are sent to Mars, what will it be like for them? Neither a two-week Space Shuttle mission nor a six-month tour of duty on board the ISS will really prepare them for a three-year mission to Mars. The extended duration, logistical challenges, radiation concerns, communication lag times, isolation, and effects upon the human body will not only significantly impair their performance but also affect the behavior of crew members.

Martian Outpost provides a unique and detailed insight into the various enabling technologies, mission architectures, medical requirements, and training needed to send humans to Mars. It focuses on the mission objectives and benefits, and the risks and complexities which are compounded when linked to an overall planet exploration program involving a permanent presence on the surface.

Table of Contents

About the author
List of figures
List of tables
List of abbreviations and acronyms
  1. Why go?
  2. Interplanetary plans
  3. Mission architectures
  4. Abort modes and the challenges of entry, descent and landing
  5. Propulsion systems
  6. Mars hardware
  7. Crew selection and training
  8. Biomedical and behavioral issues
  9. Voyage to Mars
  10. Exploration activities and surface systems
  11. Extreme EXPeditionary Architecture

Extent: 328 pages, 8-page colour section
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-387-98190-1

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