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

Hardcover | February 21, 2017

byNeil F. Comins

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Traveling into space and visiting or even emigrating to nearby worlds will soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism a reality. As experienced astronauts will tell you, extraterrestrial travel is incomparably thrilling. To make the most of the experience requires profound physical and mental adjustments by travelers as they adapt to microgravity and alterations in virtually every aspect of life, from eating to intimacy. Everyone who goes into space and returns sees Earth and life on it from a profoundly different perspective. If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to find out.

Astronomer and former NASA/ASEE scientist Neil F. Comins has written the go-to book for anyone interested in space exploration, including potential travelers. He describes the joys and the dangers travelers will face-weightlessness, unparalleled views of Earth and the cosmos, the opportunity to walk on or jump off another world, as well as radiation, projectiles, unbreathable atmospheres, and potential equipment failures. He also provides insights into specific types of travel and destinations, including suborbital flights (nonstop flights to space and back), Earth-orbiting space stations, the Moon, asteroids, comets, and Mars-the first-choice candidate for colonization. Although many challenges to space travel are technical, Comins outlines these matters 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 those eager to take the ultimate voyage, as well as those just interested in the adventure.

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Traveling into space and visiting or even emigrating to nearby worlds will soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism a reality. As experienced astronauts will tell you, extraterrestrial travel is incomparably thrilling. To make the most of the experience requi...

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:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:February 21, 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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There is no other book for the popular reader that addresses the many serious challenges involved in deep space travel. Understanding these issues is essential for anyone with an interest in space exploration. The Traveler's Guide to Space does an excellent job at looking at the whole picture, from space tourists, to one-way colonization; from physical to psychological challenges.