The Traveler's Guide to Space

For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Neil F. Comins

Columbia University Press

The Traveler's Guide to Space

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Pub Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9780231177542

296 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $35.00£27.95

Pub Date: February 2017

ISBN: 9780231542890

296 Pages

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The Traveler's Guide to Space

For One-Way Settlers and Round-Trip Tourists

Neil F. Comins

Columbia University Press

If you have ever wondered about space travel, now you have the opportunity to understand it more fully than ever before. Traveling into space and even emigrating to nearby worlds may soon become part of the human experience. Scientists, engineers, and investors are working hard to make space tourism and colonization a reality. As astronauts can attest, extraterrestrial travel is incomparably thrilling. To make the most of the experience requires serious physical and mental adaptations in virtually every aspect of life, from eating to intimacy. Everyone who goes into space sees Earth and life on it from a profoundly different perspective than they had before liftoff.

Astronomer and former NASA/ASEE scientist Neil F. Comins has written the go-to book for anyone interested in space exploration. He describes the wonders that travelers will encounter—weightlessness, unparalleled views of Earth and the cosmos, and the opportunity to walk on another world—as well as the dangers: radiation, projectiles, unbreathable atmospheres, and potential equipment failures. He also provides insights into specific trips to destinations including suborbital flights, space stations, the Moon, asteroids, comets, and Mars—the top candidate for colonization. Although many challenges are technical, Comins outlines them in clear language for all readers. He synthesizes key issues and cutting-edge research in astronomy, physics, biology, psychology, and sociology to create a complete manual for the ultimate voyage.
There is no other book for the popular reader that addresses the many serious challenges involved in deep space travel. Understanding these issues is essential for anyone with an interest in space exploration. The Traveler's Guide to Space does an excellent job at looking at the whole picture, from space tourists to one-way colonization; from physical to psychological challenges. Robert Geller, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Traveler's Guide to Space takes you on an amazing adventure and gives you the perspective that only a seasoned scientist can. Neil Comins presents a thorough and timely account of the incredible sights that await any solar system traveler, as well as scientific insight into the sensations, pitfalls, and wonders both geological and astronomical that he or she will encounter along the way. Andrew West, astronomer
Neil F. Comins has written the go-to book for anyone interested in space exploration. Uncovered Books
This makes an excellent primer for anyone, especially astronomy enthusiasts and budding astronauts, who can't afford a ticket to space and wish to visit in spirit. Booklist
The Traveler's Guide to Space is a delight... don't leave Earth without it. New Scientist
Reading The Traveler’s Guide to Space will help the reader have a better grasp on what is happening in current events. Steve Canipe, National Science Teachers Association
A listing of the book in Science Book News ([published weekly.) Science Book News
Recommended. J. Z. Kiss, UNC-Greensboro, Choice
Introduction
Part I: Preparing for Space
1. Science and the Solar System Over Easy
2. Brief Descriptions of Journeys Through Space
3. Preparing for Your Trip
4. Training for Space Travel
Part II: Adjusting to Space
5. Launch!
6. Adjustments During the First Few Days
7. Long-Term Physical Adjustments to Space
8. Getting Along in Space: Psychological and Sociological Aspects of Space Travel
Part III: Making the Most of Experiences in Space
9. Experiences by Destination
Part IV: Home! Sweet? Home?
10. Emigrating to Mars or Returning to Earth
Appendix: Powers of Ten
Notes
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Neil F. Comins is professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Maine. His books include Discovering the Universe, tenth edition (2014), What If the Earth Had Two Moons? (2010), Heavenly Errors: Misconceptions About the Real Nature of the Universe (Columbia, 2003), and What If the Moon Didn't Exist? (1993).