- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: National Geographic (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1426217587
- ISBN-13: 978-1426217586
- Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 0.8 x 10.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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About the Author
RON HOWARD has made a lifelong career in television and film, winning numerous accolades and awards as actor, director, and producer. He is co-chair with Brian Grazer of Imagine Entertainment, which has recently partnered with National Geographic on Breakthrough as well as Red Planet.
LEONARD DAVID is an award-winning space journalist who has been reporting on space activities for over 50 years. He frequently contributes to the website Space.com as their “Space Insider Columnist” and is the coauthor of Buzz Aldrin’s Mission to Mars. In 2015, he became the first recipient of the American Astronautical Society’s (AAS) “Ordway Award for Sustained Excellence in Spaceflight History” in the category of journalism, and in 2010 he received the National Space Club Press Award.
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The experts David interviewed – called “The Heroes” in the book — provide an incredible depth of insight on all the issues facing a human mission to Mars. The Heroes include people such as historian John Logsdon, policy experts like Marcia Smith, entrepreneurs and innovators like Elon Musk, Mars engineers like JPL’s Rob Manning, planetary scientists such as NASA’s Chris McKay and Planetary Protection Officer Catherine Conley, then astronauts like Stanley Love who have already been on the front lines of long duration spaceflight and veteran Buzz Aldrin whose lifetime of experiences provide a unique perspective on human exploration. Reading the words of these experts was perhaps my favorite part of the book.
You can read my full review of the book on Universe Today: [...]
Today it is a subject addressed by both visionaries and historians alike and there is ample debate about whether NASA should invest the billions necessary to fund human exploration of the red planet via a permanent presence of researchers and/or professional astronauts or whether their resources should be applied toward other space endeavors.
Over the years, there has been no shortage of books targeting the popular nonfiction market on the subject from Robert Zubrin’s "The Case for Mars" in 1996 to Buzz Aldrin’s recent "Mission to Mars."
Buzz’s co-author on "Mission", Leonard David, is an accomplished and award winning space journalist who spent more than a year pulling together materials for his latest book, "Mars: Our Future on the Red Planet"; a companion to a National Geographic television special series of the same name.
Long fascinated with, and an advocate of, Mars exploration, Leonard was a perfect choice to create a richly illustrated, visual exploration of the planet. Written for layman/popular appeal, the narrative accompanying the several hundred images covers all the bases: who should go, where should they land, how do we explore and search for signs of life and water, who is leading the global efforts for this endeavor and what does going to Mars mean for for humanity as a whole. Interspaced throughout the book are profiles of a number of men and women who are working to make it happen and which adds a personal touch to a subject defined by a long, hard, cold journey.
It is a book that should find a welcome place on the bookshelves and coffee tables of Mars and space enthusiasts alike. Considering the beautiful imagery and illustrations throughout, I imagine quite a few will be given in the forthcoming holiday season.
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