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“Nothing is more human than curiosity—looking around the next corner, the next mountain . . . the next planet. This sense of undaunted wonder is brought to life in Rod Pyle’s tour of our fascinating love affair with Mars.”
—David Brin, astronomer, author of Existence and The Postman

“Pyle’s own fascination with the high adventure of Mars exploration comes through in this highly approachable account of one of the most audacious scientific endeavors of all time.”
 
—Mike Okuda, recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, 2009
 
“This book is a front-row ticket to a magnificent adventure. With his own boundless curiosity, keen eye for detail, and infectious enthusiasm, Rod Pyle takes you inside the world of the most advanced and ambitious mission to the red planet. It’s a journey you don’t want to miss.”
 
—Andrew Chaikin, author of A Passion for Mars
 
“Rod Pyle captures the essence and deep detail of the greatest robotic adventure ever put forth—with its challenges and triumphs, Curiosity’s mission is a testament to what we can achieve. With his fascinating insights, Pyle causes us to look forward to a spectacular future of exploration.”
 
—David Knight, original XPRIZE team member

About the Author

Rod Pyle is the author of the widely acclaimed book Destination Mars--called "the best recent overview of Mars missions" by the Washington Post--and also Destination Moon, Missions to the Moon, and a popular audiobook called The Space Race. He has produced numerous documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Communications, including the widely praised Modern Marvels: Apollo 11. He has been an assistant professor at the University of La Verne and a lecturer with NASA's Johnson Space Center.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616149337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149338
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bob bruner on August 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
Rod Pyle is an excellent author and researcher and is well-versed in the exploration of the planet Mars.

His latest book about the rover Curiosity is the best of the books just written on the subject. This is because
of his easy-to-understand writing style.

I ought to know since I have been collecting books about Mars since 1950- over 60 years- and have donated 420 items
going back to the year 1707 to the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona. I read every one.

Bob Bruner
Denver Musem of Nature and Science volunteer
Speaker at the 8th International Mars Conference July, 2014 at Caltech
MEPAG member
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Wayne Dworsky on January 19, 2015
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Curiosity, by Rod Pyle, is a step in the right direction. He gives an Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen. He talks about Curiosity’s cousins, Spirit and Opportunity, the two rovers roaming the surface of Mars. He also gives us his inside glimpse of the mission by telling some fascination of interaction with his colleagues. He even describes in considerable detail each of the Mars Missions, whetting the readers’ appetite for a real manned Mars mission.

Utilizing 12 pages of color photographs and other, black and white illustrations through the book, the author catalogues every aspect of a Mars mission. Pyle takes the reader on a sight-seeing tour of all the NASA players so that we see the whole background and support aspects of Curiosity. We also get to see the history of the Mars Missions, starting with the first fly bys. The progress, Pyle reports, is unmistakable and inches us ever closer to the day when we might see a real manned Mars Mission.

Pyle also observed the colossal wastage in the NASA facility. He indicates that the bureaucracy is set up in such a way so that redundant systems that are really unnecessary begin to bog down progress in the agency, costing the taxpayers millions in wasted dollars. One of the more dramatic waste fares was Planetary Quarantine program. They had to make sure that every operation and every piece of equipment was sanitized and exposed only in clean rooms where workers wore “bunny suits,” white gloves, hats and booties. This is like a bad 1950’s science fiction movie. But through it all, Rod Pyle came out as a clean and super reporter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jake O'Donnell on October 11, 2014
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This was a great read! I enjoyed the fairly detailed ongoing inside of JPL without it getting too technical. The more I read, the more I became amazed with the huge effort required to pull the whole thing off. The rationale behind curious things, such as the "sky crane", was explained to satisfaction for the reader. The book is also a PR plus for NASA as a federal agency. The book gets a big thumbs up from me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph M. Vottis on December 1, 2014
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Excellent book. Worth reading. Having said that... I would only note that Pyle is a reporter, and there are other books out there by the actual scientists and engineers from the Curiosity mission. So you can read about Pyle interviewing the engineers, or you can read the engineers and scientists themselves.
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This book offers another insight into the challenges of building a large rover for the planet Mars. There are small details in this book that are skipped over in the other books, as what happen to the tungsten ballast weights, or the wear an tear of Curiosity's wheels.
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By Amazon Customer on November 20, 2014
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The book is an excellent inside look at the stunningly successful Mars Science Laboratory mission. Written with humor and attention to detail, the author makes the reader feel like part of the team at JPL. Highly recommended.
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