Martin J. L. Turner
What will be the next "giant leap" in space exploration? Could it be a manned expedition to the Red Planet - Mars?
In this challenging and thought-provoking book, Martin Turner shows how modern technologies not only make such a journey possible, but that advances in those technologies will make it more probable, and that the first human mission to Mars will happen within our lifetime.
The latest rocket propulsion, spacecraft technology and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies are the key factors which will enable this journey to take place. Of particular importance is the necessity to transport cargo to Mars, and to provide essential life support for the crew - food, water, air and fuel - to enable the return journey.
challenges us to face the fact that, sooner or later, humans will have to make a choice: stay here on Earth or explore the Solar System beyond.
One route takes us nowhere, the other leads to the stars.Table of contents:
- List of illustrations, colour plates and tables
- The Return to Space
- Werner von Braun and the Martian Dream
- Getting There
- Human Exploration Using Chemical Rockets
- Electric Thrusters: Propulsion of the Future - NOW
- Fission Thrusters: The Logical Answer?
- The Return from Mars
- The Expedition to Mars
- How do we get There, from Here?
- Further Reading
342 pages (plus a 16 page colour section)Binding:
December 2003 ISBN:
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