Credit: National Geographic

Credit: National Geographic

The next frontier in human space exploration is Mars, the red planet—and human habitation of this world isn’t much farther off.

NASA has declared Mars “an achievable goal” for its human spaceflight program. Other nations are also eyeing the Red Planet, perhaps hastening the day of a global undertaking to plant human footprints on that faraway globe.

Still, there are countless challenges ahead – not only technical, but physiological, psychological and sociological issues too – with a helping of ethics thrown into the mix.

Getting to Mars is one thing…but staying there is another matter.

Wall-to-wall-to-wall layout of Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet. Credit: Barbara David

Wall-to-wall-to-wall layout of Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet.
Credit: Barbara David

 

My visit

I’m extremely proud to have authored Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet.

The book combines science, technology, photography, art, and story-telling, offering what only National Geographic can create: clear scientific explanations, gorgeous photography from outer space and Mars itself.

The book promises to spur discussion and debate regarding the human exploration and potential settlement of Mars.

I recently visited the National Geographic offices to view the final layout and production of the volume – an awesome experience!

Leonard David with National Geographic editor and deadline whip-cracker, Susan Hitchcock. Credit: Barbara David

Leonard David with National Geographic editor and deadline whip-cracker, Susan Hitchcock.
Credit: Barbara David

 

 

TV series

Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet, with a foreword by movie producer, Ron Howard, is the companion book to the National Geographic six-part series “Mars,” a television milestone that documents and dramatizes the next 25 years as humans land on and learn to live on Mars.

Credit: National Geographic

Credit: National Geographic

The book provides dramatic scenes from the TV series featuring exquisitely constructed sets made to replicate Mars and makes the Mars experience visual to the viewer.

The Mars TV series is the product of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment that has recently partnered with National Geographic on Breakthrough as well as Mars.

Credit: National Geographic

Credit: National Geographic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on the book – Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet — to be released October 25th, go to:

https://shop.nationalgeographic.com/product/books/books/new-books/mars

 

Also go to Amazon at:

http://www.amazon.com/Mars-Our-Future-Red-Planet/dp/1426217587/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1464284512&sr=8-1&keywords=leonard+david+mars

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