The Human and Technological Challenges of Exploring the Outer Planets

Erik Seeedhouse

INTERPLANETARY OUTPOST: The Human and Technological Challenges of Exploring the Outer Planets Water has been discovered on the Saturnian moon, Enceladus, and on Jupiter's moons, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Where there is water, could there be life? Could this tantalizing possibility result in a manned mission to the outer planets? But how will such a mission be designed, what propulsion system will be used, and what hazards will the crewmembers face?

Interplanetary Outpost describes step by step how the mission architecture will evolve, how crews will be selected and trained, and what the mission will entail from launch to landing. It addresses the effects that extended duration, radiation, communication, and isolation will have on the human body, and how not only performance but behavior might be affected.

Table of Contents

About the author
List of figures
List of tables
List of panels
List of abbreviations and acronyms
1. Potential destinations
2. Mission objectives
3. Mission architecture
4. VASIMIR: The radical rocket
5. HOPE hardware
6. Descent and landing
7. Selecting and training an interplanetary crew
8. Biomedical and behavioral aspects of traveling to Callisto
9. Voyage to Callisto
10. The surface mission: establishing an interplanetary outpost

Appendix I
Appendix II
Appendix III

Extent: 300 pages, black and white/colour images integrated with text
Binding: Paperback
Published: 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4419-9747-0

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