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Turning Dust to Gold

Building a Future on the Moon and Mars

  • Explores the importance of being a spacefaring nation Demonstrates the planning and building of capabilities for manned space flight and space settlement Proposes maximizing use of the Moon for the benefit of humanity Describes life in a human colony on the Moon in the year 2050 Shows that science and engineering fact are already ahead of science fiction


Part of the Space Exploration book series (PRAXIS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 1-41
  3. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 87-142
  4. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 143-155
  5. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 157-212
  6. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 213-236
  7. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 237-261
  8. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 263-287
  9. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 289-319
  10. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 321-343
  11. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 345-364
  12. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 365-381
  13. Haym Benaroya
    Pages 383-399
  14. Back Matter
    Pages 401-402

About this book


Our continued prosperity and survival as species will in part depend upon space exploration and manned settlement. This will provide resources for our industrial societies and create new opportunities and markets. This book is a journey into our potential future, as several nations today begin seriously to plan and build up their capabilites for manned space flight and settlement on the Moon and Mars.


Colonization of the Moon Extraterrestrial tourism Lunar bases Lunar civilization Lunar settlement Planet Solar System Space exploration solar

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Aerospace EngineeringRutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA

About the authors

Professor Benaroya is a well-known aerospace engineer and scholar with a wealth of publications to his credit. He has researched this subject for over 17 years, primarily at Rutgers University in New Jersey.

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From the reviews:

“Turning Dust to Gold presents a history of the space program as well as a retrospective of that history. … The interview with Neil Armstrong and a few of the others deserve wide circulation. This well-written book makes the case for space exploration and manned settlement of the moon and planets, and explains how these activities can be accomplished. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through professionals, general readers, and all space enthusiasts.” (A. M. Strauss, Choice, Vol. 48 (2), October, 2010)

“The book is essentially one long argument for the exploration, settlement, and economic utilization of Earth’s natural satellite. … The moon is the principle focus throughout … . Turning Dust to Gold makes a powerful case for the importance of lunar colonization, and outlines the steps human civilization is likely to have to make in order to achieve that goal. It contains much food for thought, and I recommend it highly to anyone with an interest in the future of human space exploration.” (Ian Crawford, The Observatory, Vol. 131 (1221), April, 2011)

“If the fiction takes place on the Moon or Mars, the fiction reader will further broaden his or her views and better exercise his or her ability to create or at least dream. This is certainly the goal of this book … . a well illustrated book with many diagrams, artistic views, and photographs. … We see it best used in a creative writing class either as an example of science fiction or as a basis for discussion between students of science and literature.” (Gary J. Long, Belgian Physical Society Magazine, Issue 3, 2011)