Welcome: The picture above is the martian surface — its a billion pixel image viewer of images stitched together, all taken by the Curiosity Rover on Mars and gives one a feeling of being there. My view is that humans will have to be there someday — to not go there means we live within the psychological and physical limit of one fragile world subject to its whims and ours. Two worlds create a positive future. But it is also my view that someday better be soon — otherwise we will lose the space race to the robots and artificial intelligence, virtually exploring. That’s good enough for the rest of the universe beyond Mars — technology advances are huge for robots and small for human life support, but for Mars we need to physically be there. So Mars is not just our next destination — it is our only destination.
But now there is a new kind of space race: and humans may be losing:
Human Spaceflight: From Mars to the Stars
by Louis Friedman; Available on Amazon in 2nd Printing by University of Arizona Press
Another book is in the works — A history of my Russian adventures pursuing “Together to Mars” Accompanying map: Russia Adventures
This book will be dedicated to our very good friend and colleague, Slava Linkin, who passed away Jan. 15, 2019. I wrote this obituary for The Planetary Society
New (Jan. 2019) Article in Aerospace America by Slava Turyshev and I about a mission to the Solar Gravity Lens Focus
AN EARTHLY CONCERN: Of greatest concern to Connie and me now is what is happening in our country. Racism, bigotry, meanness and greed characterize the President with his policies against international cooperation, environmental responsibility and refugees. Every day it reminds me of the awful year of 1968, from which we may never have really recovered. We give what we can to the most important cause: changing our government.