Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars by Louis FriedmanHuman Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars by Louis Friedman

Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars

byLouis Friedman

Paperback | November 5, 2015

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Mars, the red planet named for the god of war, a mysterious dust-ridden place, is most like Earth in its climate and seasons. Of all the possible destinations in space to travel, Mars is the most likely for humans to reach. According to esteemed scientist Louis Friedman, it may be the only destination outside the moon to ever see human footprints.

Far from diminishing our future in space, Human Spaceflight lays out a provocative future for human space travel. The noted aerospace engineer and scientist says that human space exploration will continue well into the future, but space travel by humans will stop at Mars. Instead, nanotechnology, space sails, robotics, biomolecular engineering, and artificial intelligence will provide the vehicles of the future for an exciting evolution not just of space travel but of humankind.

Friedman has worked with agencies around the globe on space exploration projects to extend human presence beyond Mars and beyond the solar system. He writes that once we accept Mars as the only viable destination for humans, our space program on planet Earth can become more exciting and more relevant. Mars, he writes, will take hundreds, even thousands, of years to settle. During that time, humans and all our supporting technologies will evolve, allowing our minds to be present throughout the universe while our bodies stay home on Earth and Mars.
Louis Friedman is a co-founder and executive director emeritus of The Planetary Society, now the largest space interest organization in the world. He is currently the leader of the LightSail program for The Planetary Society and is currently researching the potential for nano-spacecraft and solar sails for interstellar flight an...
Title:Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the StarsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:168 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.45 inPublished:November 5, 2015Publisher:University of Arizona PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0816531463

ISBN - 13:9780816531462


Editorial Reviews

“Dr. Friedman makes a passionate case for targeting Mars as the end point for human solar-system exploration. Beyond Mars, he argues for humanity to utilize solar sail–propelled small-robot spacecraft to provide us earthlings with virtual human presence beyond our solar system. These views come from a person who has had a long and distinguished career dedicated to space exploration. A very interesting read of a different vision.”—Daniel S. Goldin, former Administrator of NASA