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Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet (Science & Nature) Hardcover – September 1, 2015
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"Apollo 11 astronaut Aldrin welcomes young people to his crew for a journey 'to build the first city on Mars,' while related passages fill in information about the planet and the challenges of colonizing it." -- Booklist
"Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, 'Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet' is profusely illustrated and enthusiastically recommended for students in 3 to 7, and should be a part of every school and community library collection for young readers." – Midwest Book Review
"Welcome to Mars... could be the book that inspires a new generation of astronauts.” — International Business Times
About the Author
BUZZ ALDRIN speaks out as a vital advocate for the continuing quest to reach out into the frontier of space. As a pioneering astronaut who first set foot on the moon during mankind's first landing of Apollo 11--and as a rocket scientist who developed the orbital rendezvous technique critical to America's moon landings and the Aldrin Mars Cycler--Aldrin has a vision and in this book he plots out the path he proposes into an amazing future. MARIANNE DYSON is an award-winning author and former NASA flight controller. She has a degree in physics and became one of NASA's first women flight controllers during the early Space Shuttle program. She has won the Golden Kite Award and the American Institute of Physics Science Writing Award for her children's books. Her science articles and science fiction stories for adults and children have appeared in national magazines and anthologies. She has served as a technical reviewer for Scholastic, Enslow, and as a National Geographic Explorer.
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Okay, admittedly I am biased, given that all of my books are concerned with the long-term settlement of Mars. The Earth-Mars Chronicles: Hope for Humanity However, I contend that having a vision for the future is the most important and powerful stimulate available when it comes to tackling seemingly overwhelming problems. That is another thing that I appreciate in this book; the problems and challenges are not swept away with a simple “that is just an engineering detail.” Quoting from the first sentence of the first paragraph on page 74, “To put it bluntly, the surface of Mars is deadly.” I like it.
Marianne Dyson is an accomplished author in multiple fields, especially those that bring science and space to young people in a fun yet challenging fashion. Her work in “Welcome to Mars” is excellent. Buzz Aldrin is well known for his position on Mars exploration and settlement, and, in some circles, for his enthusiastic promotion of the “Aldrin Cycler” concept. He and Ms. Dyson break the fundamentals down to very understandable descriptive language and graphics, but that is only one of dozens of concepts well presented.
Another dimension of the Mars story is of course, its history, and that is not neglected. It is all here, from discovery and controversy over “canals” and Martian invasions to a history of orbiters and surface rovers. As with every other topic in the book, the history lesson is well illustrated.
There is much more that I could say about this work, but hopefully these few words will inspire the reader to discover the rest. My assessment of the appropriate age range for this book would be 12 to whatever. Adults who have a desire to be somewhat conversational on the subject of Mars after their children see “The Martian” should definitely add this book to their library!
Despite the simple, kid pitched approach its a decent primer on going to mars.
by Buzz himself. My grandson was thrilled. Yes, it did mean getting to DC early on a Saturday and standing in line for two hours. But my grandson's face to see the "real" signature was priceless.