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Marswalk One : First Steps on a New Planet - David Shayler

Marswalk One

First Steps on a New Planet

By: David Shayler (Editor), Andy Salmon (Editor), Michael D. Shayler (Editor)

Paperback Published: 2nd June 2005
ISBN: 9781852337926
Number Of Pages: 244

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MARSWALK ONE: First Steps on a New Planet addresses the question of why we should embark on a journey to Mars, documenting what the first human crew will do when they place their feet in the red dust of the planet. The book also addresses why we need to carry out these tasks and, more importantly, what a human crew could achieve that an automated mission could not. Understanding the clear benefits of sending a human crew to the surface of Mars, and how these benefits can be seen back on Earth, is the key to sustained long-term public and political support for the programme in terms of cash and commitment.

The book accepts that the journey will be made, but does not specify precisely when. Flight time, and how to get to and from the planet are discussed briefly, to understand why the suggested duration spent at Mars is reasonable.

The main objective of the work is to look at what science will be done on the surface - supported by orbital operations - and what hardware and technology will be employed to achieve the mission objectives. This analysis is drawn from previous experiences in manned and unmanned space programmes, including Apollo, Skylab, Salyut/Mir, Shuttle and ISS, Viking, Luna/Lunokhod, and recent Mars missions such as Pathfinder and Global Surveyor.

In addition, new interviews with key personalities involved in planning Martian exploration, and discussions about current thoughts on what we need to accomplish on Mars when we get there, will provide a lively and thought provoking account that could generate fresh debate.

When the decision is finally made to go to Mars, it will be made in the knowledge that most of the world knows why we are going and what benefits mankind will see for the effort. The authors' primary objective is to begin this understanding.

From the reviews:

"This book aims to answer questions about what the first manned missions to Mars will do, both on the surface and from orbit, and what they can achieve that unmanned missions cannot. ... It is illustrated ... with black-and-white photos and has a brief chronology as an appendix and a four-page index. ... there is a need for books like this. They provide food for thought and should be studied by future Mars exploration planners ... ." (Mark Williamson, www.satellite-evolution.com, May/June, 2007)

Destination Marsp. 1
History of Mars explorationp. 20
Voyage to Marsp. 43
Evolution of a Marswalkp. 75
Wardrobe for Marsp. 97
Surface explorationp. 133
Science on the surfacep. 173
Living the dreamp. 193
The returnp. 219
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781852337926
ISBN-10: 1852337923
Series: Springer-Praxis Books in Space Exploration
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 2nd June 2005
Publisher: Springer London Ltd
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 24.69 x 17.12  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.54