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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Why Mars”

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lambrightWhy Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration. By W. Henry Lambright. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014. Preface, introduction, conclusion, notes, index. Hardcover. Pp. ix – 320. USD $45.46. ISBN: 978-1-4214-1279-5.

W. Henry Lambright’s Why Mars: NASA and the Politics of Space Exploration is an important new work that discusses the politics of the human exploration of Mars. For all of those who lament the unwillingness of political leaders to empower NASA to undertake a human mission to Mars, and especially those who view it as “the next logical step” Lambright’s study offers a dose of reality to the space policy issues at play. In the interest of full disclosure, I have known and respected the author of Why Mars for nearly 25 years and read this work in manuscript for the press, as well as contributed a blurb to its cover. Regardless, this study is exceptionally…

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