has long offered the prospect of another living world near
Earth. Although NASA's first spacecraft dashed visions of
little green men tending canals, recent voyages have painted
a picture of an intriguing planet that may have once resembled
Earth, with warmth, water and possibly life. Mars may answer
the great question "Are we alone?"--for if Mars,
like Earth, gave rise to life, then trillions of other worlds
throughout the universe have surely done the same.
Free Press; November 2003
Harvard-trained astronomer Ken Croswell set the standard
for elegance and eloquence with his stunning photographic
triumph, Magnificent Universe. Now, with insightful
prose and astonishing images, he presents the red planet's
full glory in Magnificent Mars, showing volcanoes taller
than Mount Everest, spiral-shaped polar caps of ice, and
a canyon system that could stretch from Ohio to California.
Here is a concise synthesis of the latest research on Mars,
accompanied with the very best full-colour images, expertly
reprocessed to look even better than NASA's own versions,
from the Hubble Space Telescope, Viking, Pathfinder, Mars
Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and other spacecraft. Highlights
include a foldout panorama of the Martian surface; a never-before-published,
rainbow-coloured topographic map; and a sequence showing
a full rotation of Mars, courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Many of these images have never appeared in a book before.
Few have ever looked so good. With its large format, superb
images, and compelling text, Magnificent Mars is
the next best thing to standing on the red planet itself.
Traveler's Guide to Mars
William K. Hartmann
Workman Publishing Company; August 2003
A Traveler's Guide to Mars revitalizes the Red Planet, leaving
readers with the urge to don a spacesuit and take a long
trip. With the look and heft of a guide to someplace you
might actually go, the book presents Mars as a place of
canyons and volcanoes, mesas, and barren plains, not that
dissimilar from parts of Earth. Author William K. Hartmann,
who participated in the "Mars Global Surveyor Mission,"
uses all the photos and data collected by scientists in
decades of research to give a thorough, yet not boring,
overview of the planet. The most exciting stuff is about
water--whether it ever flowed on Mars, where it went, why
it's hard to find. Beyond that, there are the rocks, dust,
and weather to talk about, and Mars has lots of all three.
Sidebars, maps, and chronologies help keep the regions and
geology of Mars organised. Hartmann never forgets that he
is writing for the lay reader, and his style is personable
Berkley Pub Group; December 2003
One hundred twenty-two million miles away from her controllers,
a sophisticated robot smaller than a microwave oven did
what had never been done before--explored the rocky, red
terrain of Mars. Then, six-wheeled Sojourner beamed spectacular
pictures of her one-of-a-kind mission back to Earth. And
millions of people were captivated. Now, with the touch
of an expert thriller writer, Sojourner operations team
leader Andrew Mishkin tells the inside, human story of the
Mars Pathfinder mission's feverish efforts to build a self-guided,
offroading robot to explore the surface of the Red Planet.
With witty, compelling anecdotes, he describes the clash
of temperamental geniuses, the invention of a new work ethic,
the turf wars, the chewing-gum solutions to high-tech problems,
the controlled chaos behind the strangely beautiful creation
of an artificial intelligence--and the exhilaration of inaugurating
the next great age of space exploration