Mars Outpost provides a detailed insight into the various
technologies, mission architectures, medical requirements, and
training needed to send humans to Mars. It focuses on mission
objectives and benefits, and the risks and complexities that are
compounded when linked to an overall planet exploration program
involving several expeditions and setting up a permanent presence
on the surface. The first section provides the background to
sending a human mission to Mars. Analogies are made with early
polar exploration and the expeditions of Shackleton, Amundsen, and
Mawson. The interplanetary plans of the European Space Agency,
NASA, and Russia are examined, including the possibility of one or
more nations joining forces to send humans to Mars. Current mission
architectures, such as NASAs Constellation, ESAs Aurora, and Ross
Tierneys DIRECT, are described and evaluated. The next section
looks at how humans will get to the Red Planet, beginning with the
preparation of the crew. The author examines the various analogues
to understand the problems Mars-bound astronauts will face.
Additional chapters describe the transportation hardware necessary
to launch 4-6 astronauts on an interplanetary trajectory to Mars,
including the cutting edge engineering and design of life support
systems required to protect crews for more than a year from the
lethal radiation encountered in deep space. NASAs current plan is
to use standard chemical propulsion technology, but eventually Mars
crews will take advantage of advanced propulsion concepts, such as
the Variable Specific Impulse Magnetoplasma Rocket, ion drives and
nuclear propulsion. The interplanetary options for reaching Mars,
as well as the major propulsive maneuvers required and the
trajectories and energy requirements for manned and unmanned
payloads, are reviewed . Another chapter addresses the daunting
medical problems and available countermeasures for humans embarking
on a mission to Mars: the insidious effects of radiation on the
human body and the deleterious consequences of bone and muscle
deconditioning. Crew selection will be considered, bearing in mind
the strong possibility that they may not be able to return to
Earth. Still another chapter describes the guidance, navigation,
and control system architecture, as well as the lander design
requirements and crew tasks and responsibilities required to touch
down on the Red Planet. Section 3 looks at the surface mission
architectures. Seedhouse describes such problems as radiation,
extreme temperatures, and construction challenges that will be
encountered by colonists. He examines proposed concepts for
transporting cargo and astronauts long distances across the Martian
surface using magnetic levitation systems, permanent rail systems,
and flying vehicles. In the penultimate chapter of the book, the
author explains an adaptable and mobile exploration architecture
that will enable long-term human exploration of Mars, perhaps
making it the next space-based tourist location.
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!