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Mars Direct: Humans to Red Planet within a Decade

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Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade by Robert Zubrin

While many have said that human missions to Mars are an endeavor that would be excessively costly and take many decades, a small team at Martin Marietta has drawn up a daring plan that could sharply cut costs and send a group of American astronauts to the Red Planet within ten years. The plan, known as Mars Direct, has attracted international attention and broad controversy. Now, with debate how to proceed with human space exploration, the Mars Direct plan is more relevant than ever. Can Americans reach the Red Planet in our time? The principal author of Mars Direct, Robert Zubrin, addresses this question. Following the lecture, he will sign copies of his popular books The Case for Mars, How to Live on Mars, and Merchants of Despair. Prior to the lecture, attend a special evening screening of The Great Planet Adventures at 6 p.m. in the Burke Baker Planetarium. (Separate ticket required.)