by Christopher Wanjek

A wry and compelling take on the who, how, and why of near-future colonies in space. From bone-whittling microgravity to eye-popping profits, the risks and rewards of space settlement have never been so close at hand.

More than fifty years after the Apollo 11 moon landing, why is there so little human presence in space? Will we ever reach Mars? What will it take to become a multiplanet species, colonizing the solar system and traveling to other stars?

Spacefarers meets these questions head on. While many books have speculated on the possibility of living beyond the Earth, few have delved into the practical challenges or plausible motives for leaving the safe confines of our home planet. Christopher Wanjek argues that there is little doubt we will be returning to the Moon and exploring Mars in the coming decades, given the potential scientific and commercial bonanza.

Interview with the Author

Technology and Space – the history and future of space tech, exploration and buinesss
Space commerce, tourism, and mining book – “Spacefarers” (Harvard University Press 2020) – Christopher Wanjek interview
4/22/20      56 min

Constant Wonder
8/3/20        53 min

What We’re Drinking with Dan Dunn
49. “Spacefarers” author Christopher Wanjek, Dandelion Wine, and Knappogue Irish Whiskey
4/14/20       54 min

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