Robert Zubrin, American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of the manned exploration of Mars, believes in the potential of exploration and colonisation of Mars. He does not exclude the chance that groundwater and bacteria will be found on Mars eventually since there are dry riverbeds and lakes craters on the surface. Zubrin points that we should not blindly believe in the imaginary danger of cosmic radiation. Smokers risk more that astronauts. This is why we develop space technologies - to dispel myths and Mars is only the first planet on our journey of discovering the universe. Go to Mars!
Dr. Robert Zubrin is President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace R&D company located in Lakewood, Colorado. He is also the founder and President of the Mars Society, an international non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a Masters degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Washington. Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, and alternate fuels development, the author of over 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and is the holder of 15 US Patents, and has several more pending. Dr. Zubrin is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today, and he and his work have been subject of much favorable press coverage.
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