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The Scientific Exploration of Mars 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0521829569
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'The comparison of the first drawings done by Huygens in the XVIIth century with the imagery of the XXIst century is extraordinary ... very well documented ...' l'Astronomie

'Taylor ... proves to be an engaging and amusing guide, discussing the scientific outcomes of missions such as the Mars Exploration Rovers with as equally a light touch as he describes the political wrangling which brought the mission into being. The Scientific Exploration of Mars is something between a reference book and popular science writing; detailed enough to tell you all the necessary facts, yet entertaining and insightful enough to make you want to read from cover to cover. For those interested in finding out how we came to know what we do about Mars, this is a fine place to start.' Euan Monaghan, Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University

'This is a brilliant book. Professor Fred Taylor of Oxford University ... has chronicled our exploration of the red planet in erudite and accessible fashion. ... This is a terrific book for any students of the red planet ...' Astronomy Now

"[This book] is something between a reference book and popular science writing: detailed enough to tell you all the necessary facts, yet entertaining and insightful enough to make you want to read from cover to cover. For those interested in finding out how we came to know what we do about Mars, this is a fine place to start."

"...this volume is beautifully produced and engagingly written. It may be read with profit by all interested in the ongoing study of Mars." Bill Leatherbarrow, J. Br. Astron. Assoc.

"Written in a clear, engaging style, this wonderful book will be of high interest to scientifically literate readers seeking a comprehensive history and outlook about manned explorations of Mars. Essential." CHOICE

"The text is very clear; there are extensive references. The diagrams are good and the illustrations adequate.. An excellent book..Serious students of Mars will find it particularly valuable, and it will no doubt run to many editions.
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What do we know about Mars? Is there evidence of life there? Will humans ever travel there? Written by a scientist intimately involved with missions to Mars, this unique book describes the past, present and future of Mars exploration. It will appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating planet.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521829569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521829564
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,914,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Roger D. Launius VINE VOICE on July 31, 2015
Format: Hardcover
Mars has long held a special fascination for humans who pondered the planets of the solar system—partly because of the possibility that life might either presently exist there or at some time in the past it might have existed there. Astronomer Percival Lowell became interested in Mars during the latter part of the nineteenth century, and he built what became the Lowell Observatory near Flagstaff, Arizona, to study the planet. He argued that Mars had once been a watery planet and that the topographical features known as canals had been built by intelligent beings, created as a planetary-wide effort to bring precious water from the poles to inhabited parts of Mars nearer the equator. The idea of intelligent life on Mars remained in the popular imagination for a long time, and not until the scientific data returned from probes to the planet beginning in the mid-1960s did this begin to change.

But near the dawn of the new millennium this began to change as probe after probe peeled back the mysteries of Mars. NASA’s official strategy, “Follow the Water,” yielded enormously significant results. Since then satellite have imaged gullies on Martian cliffs and crater walls, suggesting that liquid water has seeped onto the surface in the geologically recent past. This was confirmed by Mars Odyssey 2001, a recent NASA orbiter, which found that hydrogen-rich regions are located in areas known to be very cold and where ice should be stable. This relationship between high hydrogen content with regions of predicted ice stability led scientists to conclude that the hydrogen is, in fact, in the form of ice. The ice-rich layer may be about two feet beneath the surface at 60 degrees south latitude, and gets to within about one foot of the surface at 75 degrees south latitude.
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