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Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red Planet Hardcover – November 4, 2008

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Dr. Jim Bell is currently a Professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration in Tempe, Arizona, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. As President of The Planetary Society, he is an active and prolific public commentator on science and space exploration, earning the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's Today show and the PBS News Hour, as well as programs on the Discovery, National Geographic, and History cable channels. Author of Postcards from Mars, Mars 3-D, and Moon 3-D, he has been involved in such NASA robotic exploration missions as the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, to name a few. The main belt asteroid 8146 Jimbell is named in his honor.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; First Edition. First Printing. edition (November 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402756208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402756207
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,241,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Bell is a scientist, author, and an extremely active and prolific public communicator of science and space exploration. He is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University, an Adjunct Professor of Astronomy at Cornell University, and President of The Planetary Society. He is a frequent contributor to popular astronomy and science magazines like Sky & Telescope and Scientific American, and to radio shows and internet blogs about astronomy and space. He has appeared on television on the NBC "Today" show, on CNN's "This American Morning," on the PBS "Newshour," and on the Discovery and National Geographic cable channels. He has written a number of books that showcase some of the most spectacular stories and images from the space program: "Postcards from Mars" (Dutton/Penguin, 2006), "Mars 3-D" (Sterling, 2008), "Moon 3-D" (Sterling, 2009), "The Space Book" (Sterling, 2013), and "The Interstellar Age" (Dutton, 2015).

Jim grew up in Rhode Island and received his B.S. in Planetary Science and Aeronautics from Caltech in 1987 and his Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Hawaii in 1992. His research primarily focuses on the geology, geochemistry, and mineralogy of planets, moons, asteroids, and comets using data obtained from telescopes and spacecraft missions. Jim spent 3 years as a National Research Council postdoctoral research fellow at NASA's Ames Research Center in the early 1990s.

Jim is an active planetary scientist and has been heavily involved in many NASA robotic space exploration missions, including the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Pathfinder, Comet Nucleus Tour, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars Odyssey Orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission. As a member of the Mars Exploration Rover team, Jim has served as the lead scientist in charge of the Panoramic camera (Pancam) color, stereoscopic imaging system on the Spirit and Opportunity rovers. As a professional scientist, Jim has published more than 30 first-authored and 140 co-authored research papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, has authored or co-authored more than 400 short abstracts and scientific conference presentations, and has edited two scientific books for Cambridge University Press (one on the NEAR mission, the other on the surface composition of Mars). He has been an active user of the Hubble Space Telescope, and of ground based telescopes at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

To arrange a speaking engagement with Jim Bell, please contact the Penguin Speakers Bureau at

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert T. on December 5, 2008
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This is one of the more ingenious and creative books I've seen in a long time. Chock full of great facts and information about the Mars rovers, the Mars project, and Mars itself. The photos are the real gem, though. Built-in 3D glasses fold out from an inside-cover flap and transport you to the surface of Mars via a ton of 3D images (acquired by the rovers). Mars is, needless to say, both alien and mesmerizing. Truly one of the most enjoyable astronomy books on the market for kids and adults. Great fun.
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Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red Planet (Hardcover) was an excellent compilation of 3D photo's which only required some good 3D glasses (which are available from Amazon) to make it work. The only negative thing I can say is that the books glasses, which have been integrated with the cover, do not make the photo's come to life the way a real pair can. NASA also maintains a web site of 3D mars photo's which will also work very well with standard 3D glasses, however, this book has compiled an excellent collection and saved you much hunting on the web for good quality 3D images of mars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lupa Gunt on June 10, 2009
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I have several of Jim Bell's books and they were all very well done.
This one however left me wondering why the publisher used this format of 3-D. It is very inconvenient to use and unless the book is placed on a flat surface at eye level, one has to fiddle with the 3-D lenses and the photo.
The content is interesting and allows the viewer to see Mars as if one were there and the explanation/description is informative.
Were it not for the arrangement of the 3-D lenses, I would have rated this 4-1/2 stars.
Likewise the same format was used for his publication of the Moon in 3-D.
Unfortunate. Paul
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