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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; Reprint edition (Oct. 1 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252062272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252062278
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #292,631 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By A Customer on Aug. 23 2002
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This book is a real classic. You will see how rocket wizzard and space visionary Wernher von Braun and his colleagues imagined a manned mission to Mars with the technology available in the mid 20th century. With today's knowledge and financial horizon, von Braun's vision looks pretty oversized, and the surface of Mars certainly is very different from what they believed 50 years ago. The very value of this book is that it simply showed how such an extensive mission could be made feasible -- that it is possible to send people to Mars without fancy technology of science fiction writers. The authors use some calculus and diagrams to explain the complicated flight dynamics for sending a spacecraft to another planet and landing on its surface.
Today we know that a mission to Mars will not look like von Braun's "Mars Project" but it is good to know that most of the basics haven't changed. Buy this book together with Robert Zubrin's "Case for Mars" and you'll see the progress within half a century.
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Do you wonder how they did it? How they actually figured out how to get to the moon? Well, this is Von Braun's plan for getting to mars using the technologies available in the early 1950's and it shows the detailed thinking necessary to figure out how to make it all work. Lots of math and diagrams. My vote for the best book of the century. To give you some idea, I already own this book, a 1962 edition. It is getting too precious to thumb through.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A book for the true space junkie. Nov. 29 1999
By "jumptozero" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do you wonder how they did it? How they actually figured out how to get to the moon? Well, this is Von Braun's plan for getting to mars using the technologies available in the early 1950's and it shows the detailed thinking necessary to figure out how to make it all work. Lots of math and diagrams. My vote for the best book of the century. To give you some idea, I already own this book, a 1962 edition. It is getting too precious to thumb through.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
A Classic! Aug. 23 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a real classic. You will see how rocket wizzard and space visionary Wernher von Braun and his colleagues imagined a manned mission to Mars with the technology available in the mid 20th century. With today's knowledge and financial horizon, von Braun's vision looks pretty oversized, and the surface of Mars certainly is very different from what they believed 50 years ago. The very value of this book is that it simply showed how such an extensive mission could be made feasible -- that it is possible to send people to Mars without fancy technology of science fiction writers. The authors use some calculus and diagrams to explain the complicated flight dynamics for sending a spacecraft to another planet and landing on its surface.
Today we know that a mission to Mars will not look like von Braun's "Mars Project" but it is good to know that most of the basics haven't changed. Buy this book together with Robert Zubrin's "Case for Mars" and you'll see the progress within half a century.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not a sci-fi novel! April 23 2010
By JC - Published on Amazon.com
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This book will open your eyes about how difficult is to plan and carry out the trip to Mars, but that it is not impossible nor a sci-fi idea. It is not a novel, and many pages will not say much to most readers, but each chapter shows a small gem and give you the main ideas on how it should be done (with the knowledge and technologies of the 1950s). It explains in less than one hundred pages how to reach one of the biggest milestones for humanity.
Five Stars July 9 2014
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Highly technical plan for landing a man on mars.
3 of 11 people found the following review helpful
It is rocket science Feb. 8 2013
By Ben Stallings - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book in a search that was filtered for science fiction, and I didn't see anything in skimming the reviews that made me think otherwise. Please be warned: this is not fiction. It has no characters or plot. It is a rocket science textbook packed with equations and technical diagrams. If that's what you're looking for, you're in luck!

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