Space Show to Host Zubrin, Others

The schedule for The Space Show this week:

Monday, Sept. 21, 2009; 2-3:30 PM PDT: Al Reisz discusses the need to explore space & do more for space propulsion (including his Electron Cyclotron Resonance [ECR] space engine.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2009, 7-8:30 PM PDT: Scott Green of the Next Step Space Coalition.

Friday, Sept. 25, 2009, 9:30-11:30 AM PDT : Dr. Robert Zubrin returns to discuss the Augustine report and its budget analysis.

4. Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, 12-1:30 PM PDT: We welcome student winners with the Conrad Foundation to discuss their winning projects and more.

Zubrin: Mars or Bust (in 8 Years)

Economic Stimulus Solutions Include Tax-Deductible Down Payments, Flex-Fuel Laws and Trips to Mars
by Robert Zubrin
Roll Call

To expand our future, initiate a program to send humans to Mars within eight years. President John F. Kennedy’s Apollo program not only boosted the U.S. economy of the 1960s to terrific rates of economic growth, it mobilized the nation’s sharpest minds to create dozens of new technologies.


Dreaming of Mars While Chasing Tropical Fish on a Volcanic Island

It was yet another warm day on the southern shore of Kauai. Temperatures in the 80s, moderate winds, and blue skies with scattered puffy white clouds. Off in the distance darker clouds were threatening to deliver to us our daily dose of rain, which would quickly pass and produce yet another spectacular rainbow.

Before me lay the gleaming Pacific Ocean, full of tropical fish, turtles and aquatic humans who paddled about just above them. A mule seal lay prostrate just down the beach, pretty much where it had been for two days, as Santa Claus rowed by in an outrigger.

Life was perfect on this Christmas Eve. My only problem: was Bob Zubrin’s new book, How to Live on Mars, really good beach material? Probably not, I thought as I took another sip of my mai tai, but blogging waits for no man. I cracked the cover and dove in.


Mars on the Mind: Zubrin, Columbus and Back Contamination

The Populars (Science and Mechanics) take a look at Mars from completely different perspectives. The former has a Q&A with Mars Society President Robert Zubrin, who talks up his new book, “How to Live on Mars: A Trusty Guidebook to Surviving and Thriving on the Red Planet.” The latter has an essay by Glenn Reynolds in which he hopes we never find life there.