Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets

Beyond Earth: Our Path to a New Home in the Planets

From a leading planetary scientist and an award-winning science writer: a propulsive account of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the dream of space colonization into something that may well be achievable.

We are at the cusp of a golden age in space science, as increasingly more entrepreneurs - Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos - are seduced by the commercial potential of human access to space. But Beyond Earth does not offer another wide-eyed technology fantasy: instead it is grounded not only in the human capacity for invention and the appeal of adventure but also in the bureaucratic, political, and scientific realities that present obstacles to space travel - realities that have hampered NASA's efforts ever since the Challenger fiasco. In Beyond Earth, the authors offer groundbreaking research and argue persuasively that not Mars but Titan - a moon of Saturn with a nitrogen atmosphere, a weather cycle, and an inexhaustible supply of cheap energy, where we will be able to fly like birds in the minimal gravitational field - offers the most realistic and thrilling prospect of life without support from Earth.

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  • Warning! This is a book by a crank! About cranks. For cranks. If you don't yet have a strong background in science, stay far, far away from this book lest it fill you with misconceptions and misinform...

  • Beyond Earth is a great view of the current status of space exploration, as well as a thought experiment about how things could turn out. Each chapter covers a different aspect of space colonization a...

  • This book was a good hook for stretching the imagination of what could be possible for living on another planet/moon. The writing was a little scattered and biased at times but the larger points still...

  • Great idea, awful execution. If this book restrained itself to exploring the many researches on technology that could make possible human living outside earth, it would be so much better. Instead of d...

  • This is science fiction posing as real science. Actually it is more like fantasy posing as science.The author's assertion that we Earthlings will have to go to Titian to live is really preposterous.A ...

  • I thought the writing was good, but found I knew a good portion of the information presented and was not overly pleased by the future-present format of the book in general....

  • Beyond Earth is a nonfiction popular science book with a couple of tricks up its sleeve. First, it mixes in a near-future science fiction story as it covers our current understanding of planetary scie...

  • Nearly DNF'd this book. As it was, I pretty much skimmed the second half. While some of it was interesting, a lot of it was either depressing or outlandish (looking at you robots fighting terrorists)....

  • It was my pleasure to read BEYOND EARTH - OUR PATH TO A NEW HOME IN THE PLANETS. As a science fiction writer, I am always looking for new material to write about and I am so glad I got a hold of this ...

  • For decades at least, the dream of a human colony moving our species beyond this planet has been a dream shared by both science fiction and science fact. It's an idea that has yet again come into vogu...

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