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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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  • Darby
  • 2021-01-02

Entertaining but..... that’s all

He offers many unsubstantiated theories then later states them as fact. “We should be able to... “, for example. Based on...? Wanting to, is not being able to except in a pipe dream.
‘We can manufacture fuel from in-situ (mispronounced throughout the reading) materials on the red planet.’ Yeah, if the factories existed to accomplish that but it’s unrealistic due to weight and cost to transport those, or even the component parts (steel pipe just for one example) to construct all the plants necessary. It’s a catch-22 with no viable/realistic solution path except to start over on Mars, our evolution from the Neolithic ages, to the ceramic age to the Bronze Age to the Iron Age to eventually PAST where we are now. Really? Over centuries on the red planet?
He concludes that with a snap of our fingers we will be mining materials to build communities and produce rocket fuel. With what, garden trowels and a kid’s Erector Set we bring with us?
It’s good entertainment but that’s all.
Cost projections are off by probably a hundredfold.

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  • a109
  • 2020-01-28

good book .... but the narration!

Whew!
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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2021-03-08

Excellent! But!!!

Highly compelling! Not that I was on the boarder about space exploration but this is an excellent work on ‘why Mars’.
However, it’s also a little out dated. If you want a more recent work look at The Case For Space also by Robert Zubrin. But even that excellent book is aging fast with all the recent developments in space travel. I think this book is most relevant now as it was one of the things that convince Elon Musk to start SpaceX. Also it’s an excellent argument as to why Mars should be first on the colonization list as opposed to the moon or cislunar space.
Now for the gripes. (Sigh) I really wish engineers, rocket scientists, and astrophysicists (oh my!) would stay away from astrobiology. They are interested in it as it is relevant to the prevalence and nature of life in the universe in general and in general they tend to have a decent understanding of biology. But they don’t have a complete understanding of the more advanced and less intuitive principles such as the law of minimum complexity (which is why we don’t see pre-protozoan bacteria floating around) or the energy dynamics of organisms. And because, frankly, they see biology as a “lesser science” they think that they can make all kinds of assertions about this and that. This, in my eyes, degrades Robert Zubrin’s authority on other subjects as it makes me wonder what other important points he’s missing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-04

Zubrin lays out a solid case. I'm ready to go

In a well crafted and thorough treatise, Zubrin lays out exactly what he says, "The case for Mars" it seems pretty clear that subsequent to this books writing, events have proved Zubrin correct..

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  • Nathan McArthur
  • 2020-10-31

Equally entertained from a different angle

I originally got this book thinking it was going to be all the science behind the planet Mars. however after I started listening I found out it was purely about the science behind a mission to Mars. Though I was disappointed in my initial understanding of what the book would be I was just as entertained from a different angle so to speak.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-10-22

A Soaring Look Ahead

I actually listened to Zubrin's more recent book, "The Case for Space", before finishing this one, and I must say they offer a great one-two punch of both astronautical science and enthusiasm for the human future in the high frontier

While there is a bit of content overlap between both books, this one lays down a lot of groundwork that makes the more recent volume more potent, and furthermore really explains, well, the case for Mars, in exquisite detail

The narration is excellent, especially for a work of this type, and really helps make the listen interesting and engaging... all in all I highly recommend this book to all space enthusiasts

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  • Akila C. Ganlath
  • 2020-06-03

A loving treatise and recipe for Mars colonization

Methodical and philosophical, Zubrin lays out the case for Mars from the unique standpoint of the classicist who happens to also be a highly skilled and imaginative scientist and engineer.