Book – Planetary Adventures: From Moscow to Mars

To be published ~ Oct 2019, Page Publishing Co. New York

Accompanying map:  Russia Adventures

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This book will be dedicated to our very good friend and colleague, Slva Linkin, who passed away Jan. 15, 2019.  I wrote this obituary for The Planetary Society

slava and me

copyright Dec 2018

Chapters/ Table of Contents
o Introduction: Pursuing Mars Together
1. The Beginning: An (almost) clandestine meeting: “U.S/U.S.S. Cooperation in
Exploring the Solar System” – Graz, Austria 1984
2. To Mars Via Flying in Hot-Air Balloons – Soviet Lithuania August 1988
3. Protecting Earth from Armageddon (Asteroid Impact): Chelyabinstk-70 in
Sept. 1994
4. Sweating Out a Coup: Kamchatka August 1991
5. Space Tour and a Message: Baikonur May 1990
6. Lost: Baikonur Nov 1996
7. Red Rover, Red Rover – Send NASA on Over! Mars Rover Advocacy and
Events, 1992-94
8. No Such Thing as a Free Launch: Murmansk July 2001
9. Glasnost: Public Relations in a Closed Society Comet Halley: Moscow: March
10.A Camping Trip: Belorussia, Russia, Ukraine: Aug 1990
11.Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Sputnik: Moscow, October 1987
12. Visions of Mars – Creating the First Library on Mars: 1991-2006
13.Together to Mars: Humans & Robots: Spacebridge. Geopolitics – ReaganGorbachev Summit, The Shuttle-Mir and International Space Station
Engagement, Gore Chernomyrdin; Mars Together, on NASA One
Considering this as possible first chapter
14. Where Next? What Next?

A. The Planetary Society Mars Declaration
B. The Political History of Human to Mars Goal



As the Cold War was ending and the Soviet Union collapsed, Louis Friedman traveled to Russia more than 50 times. Between 1984 and 2005, he worked to advance international space cooperation to explore Mars and other worlds in our solar system. In this book, he recounts his personal stories from those adventures in Russia. Among them are observing a Submarine Launched Ballistic Mission on a Russian Navy ship in the Barents Sea, and testing Mars Rover prototypes on volcanic mountains in Kamchatka. He chronicles the time he travelled to the secret Soviet nuclear laboratory in Chelyabinsk-70 with Edward Teller, the inventor of the hydrogen bomb! And he flew in hot air balloons on a Soviet airfield in Lithuania, all seeking to advance the idea of the United States and Russia leading a world effort to explore Mars together. 


“Individuals matter in shaping the course of events in outer space. Lou Friedman was such an individual. This lively book traces the unique and valuable role Friedman played in bridging the U.S. and Soviet- then Russian- space programs over a transitional two decade period as the Cold War came to its end.”, Dr.  John Logsdon, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and International Affairs, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University


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