Robert Zubrin

Robert Zubrin is an American aerospace engineer, author, and advocate for human exploration of Mars. He and his colleague at Martin Marietta, David Baker, were the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal in a 1990 research paper intended to produce significant reductions in the cost and complexity of such a mission. The key idea was to use the Martian atmosphere to produce oxygen, water, and rocket propellant for the surface stay and return journey. A modified version of the plan was subsequently adopted by NASA as their "design reference mission". He questions the delay and cost-to-benefit ratio of first establishing a base or outpost on an asteroid or another Apollo program-like return to the Moon, as neither would be able to provide all of its own oxygen, water, or energy; these resources are producible on Mars, and he expects people would be there thereafter.

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A new way to teach science We can reverse the conventional relationship of students to scientific knowledge. (op-ed) by Dr. Robert Zubrin, Mars Society President September 8, 2022

How to Search for Life on Mars First, stop refusing to look. By Robert Zubrin, Steven Benner, Jan Špaček

NASA at Its Best [Robert Zubrin Op-Ed]

The Profound Potential of Elon Musk’s New Rocket An aerospace engineer explains why SpaceX’s Starship will change everything. By Robert Zubrin

Welcome to Mars! Bill Nye and Robert Zubrin hail new Red Planet visitors.

Op-ed | Build a Robot Base on Mars by Robert Zubrin — April 7, 2021

Robert Zubrin: A Method for Creating Enormous Space Telescopes