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Duggins gives you the how of the process along with the facts. Who kws what trails this book will help blaze. Read on. --Bill Nye the Science Guy(R) and executive director of The Planetary Society From the Mariner probes of the 1960s to the rovers and from fanciful human travel in science fiction to realities for human exploration in the future, this book places into context the lure of the red planet and our desire to kw it better. Spirit Opportunity, --Roger Launius, Senior Curator, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution Mars may be the destination, but the book is really a study of the people who have taken us as far as we have come. Duggins has written a marvelous book, sure to inspire our imaginations and remind us that all space travel ultimately arises from human ingenuity. --Howard McCurdy, author of Space and the American ImaginationTravel to and from Mars has long been a staple of science fiction. And yet the hurdles--both techlogical and financial--have kept human exploration of the red planet from becoming a reality. Award-winning journalist Pat Duggins offers an inside look at the current efforts to fulfill this dream. He examines the extreme new challenges that will be faced by astronauts on the journey there and back. Can the techlogical hurdles be cleared? Will the public accept the very real possibility of astronaut death? Should a mission be publicly or privately funded? Is the science worth the cost? Duggins explores the answers to these questions and many more.
Pat Duggins, news director at Alabama Public Radio, is the author of Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program. He covered more than 100 space shuttle missions for National Public Radio, from the 1986 Challenger accident to the 2003 loss of Columbia.