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Academic Speaker Series


Featured Speaker: Robert Zubrin

Monday, October 13, 2003 - "The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must"


Robert Zubrin is president of the International Mars Society, and organization dedicated to achieving human missions to Mars and settlement of the planet. Zubrin presents a detailed plan for sending humans to Mars within 12 years using present technology to reach the planet, develop fuel and oxygen resources, build bases and settlements, and terraform Mars to permit sustainable life. The Mars Society is building an experimental Mars Habitation Module in the Canadian Arctic, where six "astronauts" will live for a year. Astronomer Carl Sagan said of Zubrin that he "nearly alone changed our thinking on this issue." A former senior engineer with Lockheed Martin, Zubrin is the founder of Pioneer Astronautics, a space exploration research and development firm.



Robert Zubrin, formerly a Staff Engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver is now president of his own company, Pioneer Astronautics. He holds Masters degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics and a doctorate in Nuclear Engineering. He is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of over 100 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, as well the book "The Case for Mars: The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must" (Simon and Schuster, 1996), "Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization (Tarcher-Putnam, 1999) and "First Landing," (Ace Putnam, 2001). He is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and a Board member of the National Space Society. Most recently, he founded the Mars Society; an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means. Prior to his work in astronautics, Dr. Zubrin was employed in areas of thermonuclear fusion research, nuclear engineering, radiation protection, and as a high school science teacher.