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Since the beginning of human history Mars has been an alluring dream—the stuff of legends, gods, and mystery. The planet most like ours, it has still been thought impossible to reach, let alone explore and inhabit.

Now with the advent of a revolutionary new plan, all this has changed. Leading space exploration authority Robert Zubrin has crafted a daring new blueprint, Mars Direct, presented here with illustrations, photographs, and engaging anecdotes.

The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars—a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.

Photograph courtesy of the author

Robert Zubrin is president of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company, and the founder and president of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. He lives with his wife, Hope, a science teacher, in Golden, Colorado.

“Worth reading.”
— Elon Musk

"Bob Zubrin really, nearly alone, changed our thinking on this issue." 
— Carl Sagan  

“This book shows how a flight to Mars has progressed from fantasy to… a reality.” 
— Buzz Aldrin

“One of the most provocative and hopeful documents I have read about the space program in 20 years.”
— Dennis Overbye, The New York Times Book Review

“In this thoughtful, thorough and inspiring book... [Zubrin] systematically and convincingly destroys the conventional wisdom about Mars travel.”
— Newsday