The Traveler's Guide to Space: For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Hardcover | February 28, 2017

byNeil F. Comins

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If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism and colonization a reality. As astronauts can attest, extraterrestrial travel is incomparably thrilling. To make the most of the experience requires serious physical and mental adaptations in virtually every aspect of life, from eating to intimacy. Everyone who goes into space sees Earth and life on it from a profoundly different perspective than they had before liftoff.

Astronomer and former NASA/ASEE scientist Neil F. Comins has written the go-to book for anyone interested in space exploration. He describes the wonders that travelers will encounter-weightlessness, unparalleled views of Earth and the cosmos, and the opportunity to walk on another world-as well as the dangers: radiation, projectiles, unbreathable atmospheres, and potential equipment failures. He also provides insights into specific trips to destinations including suborbital flights, space stations, the Moon, asteroids, comets, and Mars-the top candidate for colonization. Although many challenges are technical, Comins outlines them in clear language for all readers. He synthesizes key issues and cutting-edge research in astronomy, physics, biology, psychology, and sociology to create a complete manual for the ultimate voyage.

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If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism and colonization a reality. As astr...

Neil F. Comins is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine. His books include Discovering the Universe, tenth edition (2014), What If the Earth Had Two Moons? (2010), Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe (Columbia, 2003), and What If the Moon Didn't Exist? (1993).
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 28, 2017Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231177542

ISBN - 13:9780231177542

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: Preparing for Space1. Science and the Solar System Over Easy2. Brief Descriptions of Journeys Through Space3. Preparing for Your Trip4. Training for Space TravelPart II: Adjusting to Space5. Launch6. Adjustments During the First Few Days7. Long-Term Physical Adjustments to Space8. Getting Along in Space: Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Space TravelPart III: Making the Most of Experiences in Space9. Experiences by DestinationPart IV: Home! Sweet? Home?10. Emigrating to Mars or Returning to EarthAppendix: Powers of TenNotesBibliographyIndex

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The Traveler's Guide to Space takes you on an amazing adventure and gives you the perspective that only a seasoned scientist can. Neil Comins presents a thorough and timely account of the incredible sights that await any solar system traveler, as well as scientific insight into the sensations, pitfalls, and wonders both geological and astronomical that he or she will encounter along the way.