Robert Zubrin

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Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin is an aerospace engineer and author best known for his advocacy of manned Mars exploration. Zubrin was the driving force behind Mars Direct - a proposal that significantly reduced the cost and complexity of such a mission by using the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. A modified version of the plan was subsequently adopted by NASA as their "design reference mission". Disappointed with the lack of interest from government in Mars exploration, Zubrin formed the Mars Society in 1998, an international organisation advocating a manned Mars mission as a goal, by private funding if necessary.

Zubrin's books include The Case For Mars, in which he outlines the Mars Direct plan along with speculating on the economic, social and technical viability of future Mars colonization, Entering Space, a more futuristic look at humanity's possible colonization of the solar system and the feasibility of interstellar travel with known physics, and First Landing, a (barely) fictional tale about a near-future Mars flight using the Mars Direct plan.

Zubrin has also released a new fictional work titled The Holy Land. This is an "SF satire on the Middle East crisis and the War on Terrorism and concerns what happens when the liberal Western Galactic Empire relocates the oppressed Minervan sect to their ancient homeland of Kennewick, Washington, in the midst of a USA ruled by Christian fundamentalist fanatics."1

Zubrin holds a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Rochester (1974), a masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics, a masters degree in Nuclear Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering -- all from the University of Washington. He has developed a number of concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and is the author of over 200 technical and non-technical papers, and was a member of Lockheed Martin's scenario development team charged with developing strategies for space exploration. He is also President both of Pioneer Astronautics and of the Mars Society.

External links

1. Email from Robert Zubrin to Tim McMahon dated 9-18-2003 requesting book Zubrin fr:Robert Zubrin


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