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Beyond earth : our path to a new home in the planets
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)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Way off the Earthp. 3
1How to Predict the Futurep. 11
2The Inner Solar System and the Problem with NASAp. 31
3A Home in the Outer Solar Systemp. 56
4Building a Rocket Quicklyp. 76
5The Health Barrier to Deep Spacep. 101
6Robots in Spacep. 122
7Solutions for Long Journeysp. 148
8The Psychology of Space Travelp. 170
9Who Gets to Go?p. 196
10Why Move Into Space?p. 220
11Settling a Frontierp. 248
12The Step After Nextp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 297
Indexp. 298
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