Beyond Earth

Beyond Earth

Our Path to A New Home in the Planets

Book - 2016
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From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer, a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.
 
We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs--Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos--are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead, it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel--realities that have hampered NASA's efforts ever since the Challenger disaster.
 
In Beyond Earth, Charles Wohlforth and Amanda R.Hendrix offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars, but Titan--a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will even be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field--offers the most realistic and thrill#65533;ing prospect of life without support from Earth.

(With 8 pages of color illustrations) 
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2016
ISBN: 9780804197977
0804197970
Branch Call Number: 629.45 Wohl
Characteristics: viii, 311 pages, [8 unnumbered pages of plates] : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Hendrix, Amanda R.

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Jan 03, 2017

Up-to-date, informative and very readable. Great for anyone interested in spacetravel.

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