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Mars on Earth

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The dramatic story of a band of space pioneers, who simulated a mission to the Red Planet in the most desolate regions on Earth.

Here is the incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them. From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society undertook a virtual exploration of Mars in the most iso
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Paperback, Reprint, 368 pages
Published October 7th 2004 by Tarcher (first published October 1st 2004)
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Matthew Kresal
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
How will humans get to Mars? And what will it be like when they get there? In Robert Zubrin's Mars on Earth, the man who brought us a compelling answer to the first question with The Case For Mars answers the second question. In Mars on Earth, Zubrin tells the story of the Mars Society and its efforts to establish Mars analogs in the Canadian Arctic and the Utah desert.

After a section that brings uninformed readers up to date on Zubrin's Mars Direct plan and the history of the Mars Society, as
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Stacy
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: mars
All about the construction of MDRS and FMARS - both of which I have lived in! Unfortunately, it kind of drags on in parts. The Case For Mars was better.
Christopher
Robert Zubrin, head of the Mars Society and today's leading public advocate of Mars exploration, put together a project to study ways men and women might someday work on Mars. Mars on Earth is a book chronicling the beginning years of that project.

The mission of the project is for small groups of scientists to live and work in a cold, remote and dry place on earth--a Mars analog environment--and learn what it takes to succeed there.

Zubrin takes us through the genesis of the Mars Society project-
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Steve Van Slyke
Sep 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: space
Zubrin is to be commended for both his enthusiasm and his energy is pushing the case for human space exploration, particulary that of Mars. And this was a worth experiment. However, it sidesteps the fact that we have yet to figure out a way of getting a heavy mass object such as a human habitation module safely to the surface of Mars. We know how to do it for the Moon and for Earth, but we have yet to figure out a way to do it for anything much larger than the car-sized Mars Science Laboratory c ...more
Dan Carey
Zubrin provides an entertaining look at the work leading up to the establishment of the Mars Society's simulation habitats in the arctic (on Devon Island, Canada) and in the desert (Utah). Through the use of crew diaries, he provides a clear idea of what it is like to be in one of the crews simulating life on Mars by wearing bubble-helmeted, gloved "spacesuits" outside for multi-week expeditions. But I most enjoyed one of the final chapters, "Lessons of the Sims", that summarizes the lessons lea ...more
Schuyler Bielema
May 08, 2009 rated it liked it
I deeply believe that humanity must look to the stars in the near future for the survival and expansion of our species, and this book gives a great insight to how the Mars Society, led by Robert Zubrin, is preparing to take us there.
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Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of human exploration of Mars. He and his colleague at Martin Marietta, David Baker, were the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal in a 1990 research paper intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission.

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