Mankind Beyond Earth by Claude A. Piantadosi
The History, Science, and Future of Human Space Exploration

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Seeking to reenergize Americans’ passion for the space program, the value of the Moon, and the importance of people in the final frontier, Claude A. Piantadosi presents a rich history of American space exploration and its extraordinary achievements. He emphasizes the importance of continuing manned and unmanned space missions to American and human interests, and he stresses the many adventures that still await us in the unfolding universe. Remaining cognizant of space exploration’s practical and financial obstacles, Piantadosi nevertheless challenges us to revitalize our leadership in space and reap its vast scientific bounty.

Along with being a captivating story of ambition, invention, and discovery, Piantadosi’s history explains why space exploration is increasingly difficult and why space experts always seem to disagree. He argues that the future of the space program requires merging the practicalities of exploration with the constraints of human biology. Space science deals with the unknown, and the margin (and budget) for error is small. Lethal near-vacuum conditions, deadly cosmic radiation, microgravity, vast distances, and highly scattered resources remain immense physical problems. To be competitive, America needs to develop affordable space transportation and flexible exploration strategies grounded in sound science. Piantadosi closes with suggestions for accomplishing these goals, combining his skepticism as a scientist with an unshakable belief in space’s untapped—and wholly worthwhile—potential.

About Claude A. Piantadosi

See more books from this Author
Claude A. Piantadosi, M.D., is professor and director of the F.G. Hall Environmental Laboratory at Duke University. Educated at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he trained in Undersea Medicine and saturation diving in the U.S. Navy and in respiratory physiology and pulmonary medicine at Duke. He is an author on more than 300 scientific papers and of The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments.
Published January 1, 2013 by Columbia University Press. 300 pages
Genres: Computers & Technology, Science & Math. Non-fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Mankind Beyond Earth

Kirkus Reviews

See more reviews from this publication

Piantadosi (The Biology of Human Survival: Life and Death in Extreme Environments, 2003) reviews the history of the space program, with special emphasis on the biological challenges of human space exploration in a zero-gravity environment.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of Mankind Beyond Earth: The His...


Piantadosi The nutshell: The space shuttle fleet has been retired—but where are we off to next, how do we get there, and why should we want to go to space?

Jan 09 2013 | Read Full Review of Mankind Beyond Earth: The His...

Reader Rating for Mankind Beyond Earth

An aggregated and normalized score based on 6 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review