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TitleFrom Cave Man to Cave Martian [electronic resource] : Living in Caves on the Earth, Moon and Mars / by Manfred "Dutch" von Ehrenfried
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XVIII, 320 p. 138 illus., 124 illus. in color. online resource


This book explores the practicality of using the existing subsurface geology on the Moon and Mars for protection against radiation, thermal extremes, micrometeorites and dust storms rather than building surface habitats at great expense at least for those first few missions. It encourages NASA to plan a precursor mission using this concept and employ a “Short Stay” Opposition Class mission to Mars as the first mission rather than the “Long Stay” concept requiring a mission that is too long, too dangerous and too costly for man’s first missions to Mars. Included in these pages is a short history on the uses of caves by early humans over great periods of time. It then describes the ongoing efforts to research caves, pits, tunnels, lava tubes, skylights and the associated technologies that pertain to potential lunar and Mars exploration and habitation. It describes evidence for existing caves and lava tubes on both the Moon and Mars. The work of noted scientists, technologists and roboticists are referenced and described. This ongoing work is more extensive than one would think and is directly applicable to longer term habitation and exploration of the Moon and Mars. Emphasis is also given to the operational aspects of working and living in lunar and Martian caves and lava tubes


Frontispiece -- Dedication -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword -- Author’s preface -- Chapter 1: Introduction -- Chapter 2:Cave Uses on Earth From Prehistory to the Present -- Chapter 3: Lunar and Mars Caves, Lava Tubes and Pits -- Chapter 4: Terrestrial Cave and Lava Tube Research -- Chapter 5: Technologies -- Chapter 6: Considerations for Cave and Lava Tube Selection -- Chapter 7: A Proposed Mission for NASA’s Design Reference Architecture -- Appendix 1: Lunar and Mars Satellites and Rovers -- Appendix 2: Analog Projects -- Appendix 3: Scientists in Cave and Lava Tube Research -- Appendix 4: Space Policy Directives -- Appendix 5: Quotes -- Appendix 6: Cave and Lava Tube Terminology -- References, Internet Links and Videos -- Glossary -- Image Links -- About the Author -- Index

Astronomy Astrophysics Planetology Technology-History Popular Science in Astronomy. Space Sciences (including Extraterrestrial Physics Space Exploration and Astronautics). Planetology. History of Technology.


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