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The Case for Mars

The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must
Narrated by: Sean Runnette
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
Categories: Science & Math, Astronomy
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Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream - the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit. Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. 

Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with engaging anecdotes. The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. 

It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within 10 years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars - a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.

©2011 Robert Zubrin (P)2018 Tantor

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Interesting, but quite dated and racist

There are some interesting ideas in the book for sure, although the author seems too optimistic on a lot of the unknowns of a trip to Mars.

I probably would have liked it much better though if he wasn't such a racist. Comparisons of populating Mars to populating North America (multiple times he strongly implies if not outright states "people" or "humans" didn't live in NA before Europeans) were completely off-base and have nothing to do with each other. I really don't understand why he didn't just compare it to Antarctica and leave it at that -- although I would think even that a stretch.

Beyond that he certainly has a tone that celebrates Western colonizers and Western culture, which it's ok to be proud of it, but to postulate it's humanity's greatest achievement as he does makes me wonder how ignorant he may also be of the details of the actual topic at hand, living on Mars.

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  • Michael D. Busch
  • 2018-04-16

Compelling

Eye-opening magnificently researched, argued, written and performed. Couldn’t put it down. Zubrin is a true visionary. Now I understand Elon’s and Jeff’s passion to create colonies on Mars, and now I’m a believer. Must-read for anyone interested in space and/or the future of our species.

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  • S. Wilson
  • 2018-12-10

Good story, but the narrating...

I liked the story (sometimes the conclusions were jumped to a bit fast and without being fully substantiated, however).

The narrator was hard to listen to, especially at first. He almost sounds like he's talking with the back of his throat. Its strange and was pretty distracting. I almost considered not listening to it anymore after about 30 minutes but hung around. He says the word 'Mars' in a bizarre way too which... well is a word used frequently throughout the book.

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  • Jerry
  • 2018-10-14

The Real Science of Getting to Mars

If the book "The Martian" was of interest, then imagine how a book detailing the real science on obtaining this goal would be. For me, this was the book. Zubrin is well known in scientific circles for his engineering knowledge and mapping out the details of exploring Mars. Why did we literally end our human space exploration following the Apollo programs years ago? Is NASA a help or a hindrance in human exploration to Mars? How do we financially make this happen? How do we actually survive on the surface as we explore? What are the real dangers in obtaining this goal; not dangers invented by political opponents trying to prevent further space exploration? He lays out why humans and not just robots must go to Mars; not just to say we went, but to actually study Mars and why it is important to do so. If you have an interest in the scientific answers to these and many other questions about Mars exploration, then I highly recommend this book for you. The title, "The Case for Mars", is definitely self-explanatory about the contents of this book.

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  • a109
  • 2020-01-28

good book .... but the narration!

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This narrator is PAINFUL to listen to, but the topic and ideas are compelling. A bit too esoteric near the end, but interesting none-the-less.

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  • Skylar
  • 2019-11-21

case for mars

great book . great narration. really wish audible would send a pdf with the book so I could see the graphics and pictures that I'm sure were in the book.

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  • Noah Lugeons
  • 2019-09-30

A lot of weird diversions

It's a good book filled with great information, but you've gotta work your way through a lot of tangents about internal NASA politics to get there. The book starts weak, but it's worth plodding through the first few chapters to get to the good stuff.

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  • Happy customer
  • 2019-09-25

Great book!

I love when I get to pier into the mind of a person with true first order understanding of a topic. Sign me up for Mars! ....well after a few of the domes are built.... thank you for writing this book I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Ian K O'Malley
  • 2019-07-14

We Should start Today!!!

I love the fervor and commitment this author brings to the Mars exploration discussion!!! We can do this and we should be doing it now.... the plans laid out are explained intricately and in a digestible manner. Great listening experience!!

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  • 円相
  • 2019-05-09

Outstanding treatise.

Gripping set of well thought out idea, history and projections. Truly inspiring in ways few other books in this domain are.

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  • Andrew Jacob Driscoll
  • 2019-05-01

love mr z

if you take anything from this book let it be from the first account from the epilogue. simply life changing