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Future Martians Podcast
If Podcasts are more your thing, check out this podcast that features interviews with the 100 people in the running to go to Mars
Books on the topic
Mars One by discussions of:
The essential skills and training the Mars One astronauts will need to journey to and then survive on Mars, from technical and medical know-how to the interpersonal skills necessary for working in confined quarters so far from home
The challenges of going through the selection and training process while being watched by millions around the world, and what Mars One hopes watching the process will mean for viewers at home
Inside information, including images, on the planned Mars One habitats and colonization timeline
What settlers can expect on Mars, from daily work activities in a hostile environment to communication with Earth and options for leisure time. Includes excepts from Mars One applicant interviews.
Call Number: NF 919.92304 KRA
Publication Date: 2016-02-23
Elon Musk : how the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future by Elon Musk, the entrepreneur and innovator behind SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity, sold one of his internet companies, PayPal, for $1.5 billion. Ashlee Vance captures the full spectacle and arc of the genius' life and work, from his tumultuous upbringing in South Africa and flight to the United States to his dramatic technical innovations and entrepreneurial pursuits. Vance uses Musk's story to explore one of the pressing questions of our age: can the nation of inventors and creators who led the modern world for a century still compete in an age of fierce global competition? He argues that Musk is an amalgam of legendary inventors and industrialists including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs. More than any other entrepreneur today, Musk has dedicated his energies and his own vast fortune to inventing a future that is as rich and far-reaching as the visionaries of the golden age of science-fiction fantasy.
Call Number: B MUS
Publication Date: 2016
Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet by The next frontier in space exploration is Mars, the red planet—and human habitation of Mars isn’t much farther off. Now the National Geographic Channel goes years fast-forward with “Mars,” a six-part series documenting and dramatizing the next 25 years as humans land on and learn to live on Mars. This companion book to the series explores the science behind the mission and the challenges awaiting those brave individuals. Filled with vivid photographs taken on Earth, in space, and on Mars; arresting maps; and commentary from the world’s top planetary scientists, this fascinating book will take you millions of miles away—and decades into the future—to our next home in the solar system.
Call Number: NF 919.92304 DAV
Publication Date: 2016-10-25
Mars: Making Contact by Thanks to the latest Mars expeditions—with many more planned in the next few years—all eyes have turned to the once-mysterious red planet. This illuminating book traces our history of Mars exploration, from the earliest telescopic viewings, through NASA’s first flybys in the 1960s, to the landers in the 1970s, and the increasingly sophisticated rovers and orbiters of today. It also showcases in exquisite detail the elaborate plans for human expeditions to Mars, including NASA’s ambitious designs for crewed missions and other compelling alternative plans formulated by experts such as Buzz Aldrin. With breathtaking photographs and rare images of plans, maps, schematics, and more, including insider documents from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the story of mankind’s fascination with Mars jumps off the page.
Call Number: NF 629.43543 PYL
Publication Date: 2017-08-01
Mission to Mars by Buzz Aldrin speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to push the boundaries of the universe as we know it. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11-- and as an aerospace engineer who designed an orbital rendezvous technique critical to future planetary landings -- Aldrin has a vision, and in this book he plots out the path he proposes, taking humans to Mars by 2035.
Call Number: NF 629.4553 ALD
Publication Date: 2015-05-05
Beyond: Our Future in Space by Human exploration has been an unceasing engine of technological progress, from the first homo sapiens to leave our African cradle to a future in which mankind promises to settle another world. Beyond tells the epic story of humanity leaving home―and how humans will soon thrive in the vast universe beyond the earth.
Call Number: NF 629.40112 IMP
Publication Date: 2016-03-07
Seeing Like a Rover by With Seeing Like a Rover, Janet Vertesi takes us behind the scenes to reveal the work that goes into creating our knowledge of Mars. Every photograph that the Rovers take, she shows, must be processed, manipulated, and interpreted—and all that comes after team members negotiate with each other about what they should even be taking photographs of in the first place.
Call Number: NF 523.430723 VER
Publication Date: 2015-04-22
Mars 3-D by Planetary scientist Jim Bell leads us on another exhilarating tour of the Red Planet—and this revised, expanded edition of Mars 3-D includes the latest images from NASA's revolutionary Mars Science Laboratory mission. Brief essays survey the advanced technologies and promising discoveries of the Mars exploration rover program, followed by 150 spectacular full-color and 3-D photos. More than 30 brand-new pictures taken over the past five years reveal the rocks, craters, valleys, and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain, while captions explain the various conclusions scientists have drawn about the planet's geological composition. Bell has first-hand experience with both rover missions, and his considerable expertise provides astronomy buffs with a cutting-edge look at this always-intriguing planet. 3-D glasses are included
Call Number: NF 523.23 BEL
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
Welcome to Mars by Space is still the final frontier and Mars continues to make news and attract generations of young people. In this fascinating book, hero-astronaut Buzz Aldrin challenges curious kids to think about Mars as not just a faraway red planet but as a possible future home for Earthlings!
What will your new home be like? How will you get there? What will you eat for breakfast? Find out what life might be like far, far from Earth as you navigate your way through this fun and fascinating book. What kid wouldn't want to blast off with him on this (literary) journey!
Call Number: NF 523.43 ALD
Publication Date: 2015-09-01
Mars: Science Fiction to Colonisation by Mars: Science Fiction to Colonization, explores how science fiction has emerged into scientific fact as the prospect of colonizing Mars grows ever more tangible. From modern technology borne straight from the pages of classic novels to the Space Race, the first orbiter missions to the hypothesized underground hot houses that might provide fresh vegetables to the first colonizers, Mars illuminates the possibility of establishing an extraterrestrial human settlement. Mars covers rovers, orbiters, Mars, NASA and other space agencies, Curiosity, fossils, HG Wells, Ray Bradbury, Sputnik, Space Race, ExoMars, and Mars One, engineering, psychology, and culture.
Call Number: NF 523.23 MAR
Publication Date: 2015-05-31
Mars: A New View of the Red Planet by Part of a series which takes the reader on an imaginary journey through the solar system. Each title covers: the position of the planet in the solar system; the planet's origin, composition and geology; and biographical information on the key people connected to the discovery of the planet.
Call Number: NF 523.430222 SPA
Publication Date: 2016-11-03
Where Can I Find More Information?
NASA are aiming to put humans on Mars in the 2030s. They are currently using rovers to explore Mars and learn about the terrain. Their website has the latest news on current and future missions.
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Mars One aims to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. The main difference between this and other initiatives is the funding method. Mars One is not government funded. There are 100 people around the world being considered on the shortlist to go to Mars with Mars One, including Australian Diane Mcgrath.
SpaceX is a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company. It was founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Elon Musk and has the goal to send the first crewed mission to Mars in 2024.
Clicking the logo will take you to the Mars section of the National Geographic website. National Geographic provides videos, articles and images.
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