By Robert Zubrin
“Bob Zubrin particularly, approximately on my own, replaced our pondering in this issue.” —Carl Sagan
If you ever daydream approximately house shuttle and human area flight—or in case your "Curiosity" is piqued by way of the purple Planet—it's time that you should get aboard Mars Direct.
The human race is at a crossroads. within the coming years, we are going to make judgements relating to our human spaceflight application that would result in one in every of known futures: the open universe of big name Trek, the place we let ourselves the chance to unfold our wings and try and flourish as an interplanetary species—or the closed, dystopian, and eventually self-destructive global of Soylent eco-friendly. If we ever desire to stay sooner or later that's the former state of affairs, our first stepping stone has to be a manned challenge to Mars.
In this four-part e-special, Dr. Robert Zubrin info the demanding situations of a manned Earth-to-Mars project. demanding situations which, in response to Zubrin, we're technologically extra ready to beat than the hindrances of the missions to the moon of the sixties and seventies. Dr. Zubrin’s quite basic plan, referred to as Mars Direct, may possibly feasibly have people at the floor of Mars inside a decade. Zubrin additionally discusses the present trouble of NASA, the promise of privatized house flight from businesses like SpaceX, and the bigger implication at the back of absolutely the necessity to open the ultimate frontier to humanity—the human race’s destiny as a species that takes the required child steps clear of the cradle that's planet Earth or, finally, perishes the following.