Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration

Mission to Mars My Vision for Space Exploration Can astronauts reach Mars by Absolutely says Buzz Aldrin one of the first men to walk on the moon Celebrated astronaut brilliant engineer bestselling author Aldrin believes it is not only po

  • Title: Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration
  • Author: Buzz Aldrin Leonard David
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 489
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Can astronauts reach Mars by 2035 Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to America s future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security What we need, he aCan astronauts reach Mars by 2035 Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, bestselling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possibly but vital to America s future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce, and security What we need, he argues, is a commitment by the U.S President as rousing as JFK s promise to reach the moon by the end of the 1960s an audacious, inspiring goal and a unified vision for space exploration In Mission to Mars, Aldrin plots that trajectory, stressing that American led space exploration is essential to the economic and technological vitality of the nation and the world Do you dare to dream big Then join Aldrin in his thought provoking and inspiring Mission to Mars.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. I wanted to like this more than I did. It had a lot of good information, but it was often redundant & all of it was soaked in propaganda & his ego. His ideas on where we should focus our attention in space & why are great. The delivery just sucked.The propaganda: America is the leader, will be, should be. I don't have a problem with that in small doses, but these doses were too big. Felt like I was listening to an old Army flick.The ego: This was very much about him & he never mi [...]

    2. Buzz Aldrin is a brilliant, talented, revered figure. I was excited to get his last book as a birthday gift from my brother. With the recent successful launch of the next generation spacecraft, Orion, on 12-5-14, the timing seemed perfect for tackling this book.I did enjoy it, but honestly, not as much as I anticipated. And probably that is my fault. This book delivers a compelling argument and thesis on the steps necessary to get mankind to Mars, exactly as it advertises it will! But for me the [...]

    3. This is not a book, but rather just another stop on the Buzz Aldrin self-promotion train (although a bit less embarrassing than his appearance on WWE). It's admitted explicitly that this is really just Buzz Aldrin's notes stitched together only semi-coherently by science writer Leonard David. The major result is an extremely short (210 pages of main text, triple spaced, with at least 40% of the space taken up by pictures), shallow tour of stuff that Buzz Aldrin has been thinking about or been in [...]

    4. I was fortunate this summer to meet Buzz Aldrin in Rapid City and get my copy of "Mission to Mars" signed by the legendary Apollo 11 astronaut. I also was able to hear him speak at the South Dakota School of Mines regarding his experiences and his advocacy for Mars exploration. "Mission to Mars" is definitely an engineer-based book, with lots of technical details and ideas, which can be hard to understand in certain chapters. But Aldrin and his co-author Leonard David, have done a good job in wr [...]

    5. Let me preface my comments by telling you that the Apollo astronauts were my childhood heroes. Especially Neil and Buzz. That being said, I was not all that impressed by this book. Aldrin's outline for the future of the space program and mission to Mars is sensible but not exciting. Buzz has accomplished incredible things in his lifetime and I don't wish to diminish any of that. Perhaps it's not the content or ideas that bothered me but the style in which it is written. The book is highly repeti [...]

    6. Buzz Aldrin is best known for his career as a US astronaut and for being the second person to ever set foot on the moon. But that was 45 years ago. Today he remains deeply engaged in the space program and wants the US to set its sights on putting a man on Mars. Aldrin lays out his vision in Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration a book that includes very specific suggestions for technology development, budgeting, oversight, communication and public policy as well as a time table with d [...]

    7. Let's start by my stating that Edwin Aldrin is an incredibly bright guy. He single handedly solved glaring problems with space walking during Project Gemini and may have helped sign the deal for so-called Lunar Orbit Rendezvous that made Apollo 11 possible. That said, Aldrin also has the annoying habit of writing like the smartypants kid in our school classrooms: always characterizing his ideas as bold and brilliant while denigrating those of others. In this book (or is a collection of speeches? [...]

    8. There’s a lot of good information if you don’t know much about recent ideas and goals for Mars. Unfortunately I have listened to way too much Neil Degrasse Tyson’s Star Talk and most of this was old news. The audiobook narrator was also super boring.

    9. I have a fascination with Mars. From Dante’s mystical forays to Kim Stanley Robinson’s terraforming epics, from Burroughs’ pulp to Bradbury’s poetry, I can’t get enough. If the government’s going to spend money on space exploration, it should be with an eye to create a self sustaining colony on Mars. Anything short of that is a failure. I believe solely focusing on unmanned space exploration will lead to waning public interest and minimal funding. The trickle of data will slowly decr [...]

    10. I wanted to read this book because I find my self becoming disenchanted with the idea of colonizing Mars. Exploring Mars sounds exciting, but I don't think I would want to move to Mars. I haven't found a reason why I would spend huge amounts of time and effort to become a subsistence farmer on the edge of starvation, suffocation, and freezing, all while living in a tiny box with practically no privacy. Would there really be any time to explore? I want someone to argue me out of my view.Buzz Aldr [...]

    11. Buzz Aldrin is a pretty fantastic guy. I got to hear him speak at my semi-local library when his handler wasn't cutting him off for telling inappropriate stories. I still want to know about the iguanas, lady! Who cares if there are children present?This book outlines Buzz's vision of both privately-funded and government space exploration with the ultimate goal of getting settlers to Mars. It's written simply enough (and with lots of pictures) that a non-scientist like myself can understand it an [...]

    12. This book is I'd be tempted to give it two stars, but I think this book serves a purpose for people who don't know much about space policy and are interested in hearing about how we might realistically do a Mars trip. If, on the other hand, you've heard Buzz Aldrin speak--ever--you already know everything that's printed here. I have no doubt co-author Leonard David is to thank for giving this a modicum of structure and reining in Aldrin's wild ego--though both problems remain to some extent. It' [...]

    13. A practical guide to future space exploration with asteroids and Mars as a destination. Mars would be a planet to colonize not just explore.

    14. Powerful message, but not the best development of argument and It feels quite disconnected from modern socio-economics.

    15. This is a good informed overview of what it might take to establish habitation on Mars. Buzz Aldrin's passion comes through, but it doesn't really consistently animate his prose.

    16. I am without question smack in the middle of the "choir" this book is preaching to. But my fascination with space only goes so far against a book with three real drawbacks although two aren't Aldrin's fault.First, this book is dated -- it reflects on Obama-era policies, it predates SpaceX's successful landing and re-launch of first-stage rockets, it talks about plans for the fiftieth lunar landing anniversary in 2019 as an occasion for a springboard that looks, now, pretty unlikely to happen (bu [...]

    17. Mission to Mars is a book about Buzz Aldrin's ideas of how a mission to Mars might be conducted. It is actually just a series of notes and random ideas he had put together by his ghostwriter. The book is very incoherent. As far as I can understand, there are three main ideas. First is that we need to get more private enterprise involved in space exploration, second that a mission to the moon should not involve American astronauts, third that the mission to Mars should involve first a landing on [...]

    18. This book was published in 2013, and probably written in 2012. Despite being written by a national hero and very bright guy, it has not aged well. I wish Buzz had written this book today, because SpaceX has changed so much of the narrative about getting us to Mars, even in the past 5 years.The Case for Mars is a far better account of what it would take to colonize Mars, because it spends far more time on the science of how we could colonize mars. Buzz doesn't even get into the orbital mechanics [...]

    19. I used the audio book and read the hard-cover for this book. I found it fascinating, Anyone who follows the American space program either religiously or at a distance (I do a little of both, including following Buzz on Facebook and Twitter), knows Dr. Aldrin is an enthusiast, an activist an advocate and on fire about spaceflight. All of this would make him a bit weird in the eyes of most people, except that he is the astronaut the other astronauts were intimidated by because of his intelligence. [...]

    20. I enjoyed this book even though I read it 4 years after it was published. So some of the material was outdated. I enjoyed this book for several reasons. It is different from most space books in that it give concrete examples for future space exploration. It lays out a plan that as I was reading felt like I was at a board meeting determining its fate. Additionally, there were well placed sketch and photos. I enjoyed the appendix at the end for the material on presidential impacts to space explora [...]

    21. I had hoped for some really inspiring arguments for getting people to Mars, and space exploration in general. There was some of that in the book, but I would've liked more. It was more technical than I had expected, but I ended up liking that there was an expectation that the reader was interested, and could handle a more technical approach. I learned a lot about US space exploration and politics, current plans, and future potential. I felt like it drove the reader to consider more exciting vent [...]

    22. I hope we don't drift too far from his vision. In some ways we are still on track, in other ways we're falling behind. I loved hearing Buzz Aldrin speak in person and the passion he had for this project, the book expands on his presentation and inspires the next generation of explorers. The world needs big technological goals and peaceful/profitable competition to drive us towards them.

    23. A good read for a lay person interested in the basic science behind how we would get people to Mars. I found this to be a mostly easy read, this coming from someone who is in the humanities. Enjoyable and thought provoking this book does get my hopes up of one days seeing humans colonizing Mars.

    24. A cogent outline to getting to the red planet that makes sense and the issues involed political, financial, and scientific problems involved. Written by someone that knows a thing or two of the above. This is a quick read and to the point

    25. I wanted this to be better than it was. This is Buzz Aldrin's plan for a mission to Mars. Some of it was interesting, some of it felt like incoherent rambling.

    26. I'd like to own a copy of this one. I think it would be neat to go back to it, in the years to come, to see how close reality matches his views. My bet is he'll be close to the mark.

    27. Buzz Aldrin's "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration" is a powerful explication of a specific near-future strategy for NASA's manned exploration activities, as well as a potent meditation on the importance of such a strategy for this country and indeed, for humanity. Aldrin really doesn't need any introducing, as he is of course the second man to walk on another planetary body, the Moon in July, 1969. His qualifications to speak on such a topic are obviously legion. As such, I feel wh [...]

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