Zubrin, Robert

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Zubrin, Robert Gender: M
born on 9 April 1952 at 10:30 (= 10:30 AM )
Place New York, New York, 40n43, 74w00
Timezone EST h5w (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 19°43' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 10°59 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 15°52'

Robert Zubrin
photo: The Mars Society, license cc-by-sa-3.0


American aerospace engineer and author, best known for his advocacy of human exploration of Mars. He and his colleague at Martin Marietta, David Baker, were the driving force behind Mars Direct, a proposal 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 Project Apollo-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.[

Disappointed with the lack of interest from government in Mars exploration and after the success of his book The Case for Mars, as well as leadership experience at the National Space Society, Zubrin established the Mars Society in 1998. This is an international organization advocating a manned Mars mission as a goal, by private funding if possible.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Starkman quotes his email.


  • Vocation : Engineer : Aerospace
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction