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The Case for Space: How the Revolution in Spaceflight Opens Up a Future of Limitless Possibility

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A noted space expert explains the current revolution in spaceflight, where it leads, and why we need it.

A new space race has begun. But this one is not between rival superpowers but competing entrepreneurs. And these daring pioneers are creating a revolution in spaceflight that promises to transform the near future. Noted astronomical engineer Robert Zubrin spells out the
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Hardcover, 405 pages
Published June 11th 2019 by Prometheus Books
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Josh reading
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robert Zubrin has a vision of an open future for humanity. Open in that once we open space to encompass our sphere of influence we as a species have the potential to branch out into the infinite. Once we do that, resource wars, and the “it’s either us or them” mentality of some will diminish. Of course Zubrin is realistic in that to make this space future occur, certain technologies have to be fostered or in some cases developed. Truly thought what amazes me about this book is how the author exp ...more
Daren Blythe
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Boiled down, this is an update of Zubrin's previous "Entering Space", with some bits & pieces taken from that verbatim. However, the update is much needed in light of the current explosion of entrepreneurial orbital access, and the frustrating flailing of NASA's human space program. I felt that this book was more coherent and a bit less speculative than "Entering Space". I liked the organization of it, with the nuts-and-bolts analyses and summary of current events followed by a section that ...more
Andrey Frolov
Jun 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
During my childhood, I was reading space sci-fi all the time. And all the time it felt like the future I will not see. After reading this book I am convinced that this sci-fi future is possible right now, today. Maybe the only problem which stands in a way is that we all convinced ourselves that sci-fi will stay sci-fi forever? Maybe we tell too many fictional stories about space and aliens? Maybe we store it in the memory in the same category as dragons and magic? If that is true, then it's def ...more
James Francis McEnanly
Moon, Mars and Beyond

In this book, Dr. Zubrin makes a strong case for the exploration development of space. This book takes the basic message of his 1992 book, "The Case for Mars" and extends it from the Moon to the ends of the Universe. If you are interested in space, you will enjoy this book.
R.K. MacPherson
Jun 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Case for Space is a terrific primer on the current state of commercialized space exploration efforts and why we need them. Zubrin's clear writing is packed fully of information and data (we like data!). He's not merely an aerospace professional, but also a passionate advocate.

This book goes beyond The Case for Mars, offering insights into what awaits us near Jupiter and Saturn, the strengths (and weaknesses) of SpaceX, and why we need a new frontier to drive innovation and prevent cultural a
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Francis Tapon
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In the 22nd century, space historians will credit Zubrin for evangelizing the importance of exploring the heavens.
His books (including this one) champion the idea that space exploration is cheaper than you think.

At the same time, he's realistic.
For example, he recognizes the law of supply and demand.
To calculate the value of abundant platinum in space, you shouldn't just take its terrestrial value and then multiply it by the number of tons you can find.
The value of the metal will drop if much o
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James Marland
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Having read Zubrin's previous two books I was a bit tentative about buying this volume. But it has been significantly updated to reflect the private sector space initiatives of Musk and Bezos. The most compelling point is that the frontier of the New World, and specifically the American West gave birth to liberal Western democracy. Whereas, in contrast, societies with closed frontiers become stale and inward looking. He posits that without a continuously expanding frontier in space, the same fat ...more
David
Sep 06, 2019 rated it liked it
In general I like Zubrins' books. His enthusiasm is contagious. With that being said, while this is an enjoyable book it also did not introduce me to much new. The book is good for someone who wants to be introduced to the concept of colonizing space, but the book is more for the interested general reader. Definitely worth it if you have not already read some of Zubrin's books or not already immersed in the latest developments in our space program.
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