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A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet Hardcover – October 1, 2008
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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 AcademyAward winning director, producer, and writer.
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
Wish all scientific books were this readable.
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I have been reading books about Mars for decades, and this is one of the best. This book contains biographical material about the scientists and engineers, both male and female,... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Gregory Gudalefsky
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!Published on January 31, 2014 by rpv
I like the zeal Andrew Chaikin conveys for space exploration, but I do NOT like his ridiculous choice to use rude language! Read morePublished on March 8, 2013 by david merrell
Mr. Chaikin documents only a portion of the history of human Mars exploration. However, he has left huge gaps in the coverage, and one could argue, the most influential people,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2009 by Mars Man