Bob Zubrin makes case for traveling to Mars during Stonecipher Lecture

Is it feasible and desirable that humans could visit Mars within 10 years?

Bob Zubrin will make the case for answering "yes" during this year's Stonecipher Lecture entitled "Mars Direct: Humans to the Red Planet within a Decade" at 7 p.m., Nov. 8, in Tennessee Tech University's Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

Zubrin, founder and president of the Mars Society, an international organization dedicated to furthering the exploration and settlement of Mars by both public and private means, is known internationally as one of the most creative engineers working in the aerospace industry today.

President of Pioneer Astronautics, an aerospace research and development company located in Lakewood, Colo., Zubrin authored the book, "The Case for Mars: How We Shall Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must."   He and his work have been the subject of favorable press coverage in The Economist, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, the London Times, The Washington Post, Fortune Magazine, Newsweek, Air and Space, Smithsonian, Popular Science, Omni, Space News, and many other publications.

Formerly a staff engineer at Lockheed Martin Astronautics in Denver, he holds a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics and a doctorate in nuclear engineering from the University of Washington.

Zubrin is the inventor of several unique concepts for space propulsion and exploration, the author of more than 200 published technical and non-technical papers in the field, and was a member of Lockheed Martin's scenario development team charged with developing broad new strategies for space exploration.

In that capacity, he was responsible for developing the Mars Direct mission plan, a strategy which by using Martian resources, allows a human Mars exploration program to be conducted at a cost 1/8th of that previously estimated by NASA.

The Stonecipher Lecture, which is free and open to the public, was created to fund the appearance of leading scientists such as Zubrin to speak about the interrelationship between science and contemporary society.

Stonecipher, a 1960 Tennessee Tech physics graduate, is the former president and chief operating officer of The Boeing Co. and worked for major industrial firms including General Motors, General Electric, Sundstrand and McDonnell Douglas.

Zubrin's book, "The Case for Mars," will be available for purchase at the University Bookstore, and the author will sign books immediately following his presentation.

For more information, contact TTU's College of Arts and Sciences at 372-3119.

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