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A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet Hardcover – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1ST edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810972743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810972742
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,771,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andrew Chaikin writes about space and space exploration. His popular A Man on the Moon: The Triumphant Story of the Apollo Space Program (1994) is one of the most important histories of the Space Age. He lives in Arlington, Vermont.

 

James Cameron is an Academy–Award winning director, producer, and writer.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Tahir Rahman on September 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Andy Chaikin has a done it again. His passion for space exploration is heart-felt and evokes inspiration through a lens of history, science and curiosity. Chaikin manages to blend the best of human vision (such as Ray Bradbury's or Arthur C. Clarke's science fiction) with human achievement (from Mariner to the rover projects).

Discover how Wernher von Braun, Tom Paine, Carl Sagan, and a whole host of lesser-known, yet equally significant people imagined, planned, and implemented missions to explore a crimson, unique world.

This book captures the intense drama of the quest for Mars and the people that envision the exploration of a beautiful red planet (with glorious photographs to prove it). Chaikin has blazed a trail for the future of space exploration. An absolute delight.

Tahir Rahman, author of We Came in Peace for all Mankind: the untold story of the Apollo 11 silicon disc
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jim McDade on October 10, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Chaikin is already famous for his splendidly entertaining history of the United States Apollo program. Oscar-winning Tom Hanks used Chaikin's A MAN ON THE MOON as the foundation material for the 1998 Emmy winning Home Box Office documentary series, From the Earth to the Moon. Chaikin now takes us beyond the moon for a delightful journey to the Red Planet with his latest work, A PASSION FOR MARS.

Chaikin knows Mars. Chaikin served as a young intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory during the Mars Viking Lander program and has since become one of the world's finest space exploration writers. Chaikin is one of those very rare writers who is able to inspire millions of readers by taking a non-fiction story and making it read like a best-selling novel. That unusual talent is probably the reason why Chaikin has inspired a master artist and producer like Tom Hanks.

Why Mars?

Mars has seduced human beings for thousand of years. Pre-telescopic observations of blood-red Mars in the night sky unnerved the ancients and inspired many myths linking Mars to warfare and other unpleasant events. Astrologers and soothsayers carefully monitored the motions of Mars and sought to determine the link between Mars and the fate of human beings. Mysterious Mars still defies our effort to fully unlock all of the secrets of the fourth planet from the sun in spite of the fact that we have landed robotic rovers there and even mapped the entire Red Planet from orbit.

In a single volume of 279 pages, Andrew Chaikin has done more to incite contemporary human interest in Mars than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has done in fifty-plus years of trying to convince the public that Mars could become our next home.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Christhilf on June 26, 2009
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Wow! This is a great Book! It gives historical background for how we came to know what we currently know about Mars, and something about the people involved in advancing our knowledge. It is well written. It has great photos. It goes from Galileo up to 2008, to include rovers Spirit and Opportunity. It coves the Mars Underground, Robert Zubrin, and their advocacy for going to Mars. How about Wernher von Braun? And Carl Sagan? They are in there, as well as writers Edgar Rice Burroughs and Ray Bradbury. The forward by movie director James Cameron is right on target. The only thing missing is an appendix for 2nd Edition that would include Phoenix scooping water ice, and the finding of seasonal methane releases. It does a wonderful job of collecting the pieces and putting them into perspective. If you only read one book about Mars, this should be it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Pini on June 4, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Andrew Chaikin is, in my opinion, one of that rare breed of science writer who can - effortlessly, it seems - serve up a satisfying depth of subject matter in a conversational style. This doesn't mean the writing is superficial; far from it. Chaikin knows his stuff. What drew me to this book was the diverse menu of topics covered, from the scientific to the aesthetic - a related, yet eclectic mix. I was especially pleased to find a chapter on artwork relating to the red planet, a different look at how Mars has captured human imagination from the beginning.
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This is a hardbound book that is detailed and goes into depths of martian territory. has fascinating color photographs. If you want to probe deeper into Mars, this is a beauty!
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