Broadcast 1092 (Special Edition)

19 Jan 2009 Dr. Robert Zubrin
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Guest: Dr. Robert Zubrin. Topics: Mars, Methane and life on Mars, humans to Mars, Obama space policy, Moon vs. Mars, NASA administrator, "How To Live On Mars," terraforming Mars, space solar power for Mars. Dr. Robert Zubrin was back on The Space Show to discuss his new book, "How To Live On Mars: A Trusty Guidebook To Surviving And Thriving On The Red Planet." This is a terrific book with lots of excellent space artwork and, in addition to providing important and useful information, it's very funny. This is a book you must have! You can read a great review about it on the National Space Society website, http://www.nss.org/resources/books/fiction/SF_026_howtoliveonmars.html . Bob addressed many of the subjects in the book as well as questions by listeners. We talked about Mars radiation and how to cost effectively shield for it. We spoke about going to the Moon first, then Mars or Mars first. You will want to hear what Bob had to say about going to Mars first. Terraforming was discussed throughout the show. Referring to parts of his new book discussed, we addressed Martian spacesuits, chemical rocket propulsion to Mars, U.S. space policy and inspiring STEM education by going to Mars. A listener asked Bob, if there was life on Mars, could we eat it? You will certainly want to hear his reply! We also talked about cycling spacecraft to Mars, the issue of Mars parachutes for landing large payloads on the Martian surface, and a manned Mars program to revitalize the American economy rather than the bailouts. To this degree, we speculated on what the new Administration's space policy might be and if Dr. Zubrin thought we might see a humans to Mars mission by the end of an Obama second term. Later in the show, Bob was asked if NASA should play a role in solving our energy crisis. Listen to Bob's response on this. We also talked about his flex fuel engine plan, the world economic problems as a result of the cost for oil around the globe, and more. I'm sure you will find this to be a most interesting discussion with Dr. Zubrin. If you have questions or comments for Dr. Robert Zubrin, please send them to me at drspace@thespaceshow.com and I will forward them to Bob. Check out his book as I consider it a must read. For more information on his book, visit http://www.marssociety.org/portal/Members/schnarff/HowToLiveOnMarsNewsle... .

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