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Exploring Mars: Secrets of the Red Planet

Exploring Mars: Secrets of the Red Planet [Kindle Edition]

Scientific American Editors
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Exploring Mars: Secrets of the Red Planet by the Editors of Scientific American
Our nearest planetary neighbor has been the subject of endless fascination and wide-ranging theories throughout history. Is there life on Mars? Was there ever life on Mars? What was the atmosphere like thousands or millions of years ago? From Percival Lowell, who built his own observatory so he could dedicate himself to studying the red planet, to NASA landing the car-sized Opportunity rover in 2012, this eBook, Exploring Mars: Secrets of the Red Planet, traces Scientific American's coverage of the observation and exploration of Mars. The first section outlines early 20th century theories about Mars, including the possibility of an intricate canal system built by an intelligent species. Once the space probes enter the picture, most of those ideas were debunked, but even more questions arose. The second section covers current missions, which found evidence of ancient oceans and a thicker atmosphere that has since been lost. The third section raises even more exciting possibilities with ambitious plans for future missions. In this book, you'll follow these advances in astronomy and planetary science as better and better technology brings us incrementally closer to unlocking the secrets of Mars.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6990 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Scientific American (31 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00943SZQ0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4.0 out of 5 stars the dedication and fantastic success of the teams 25 July 2014
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A pleasant series of historical essays relating to Martian exploration, mapping and geography. It was particularly interesting to read a consolidated overview and be able to have a fresh presentation of the trials and tribulations, the dedication and fantastic success of the teams. It brought back decades of memories for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I hate to say that because space exploration is thrilling 1 July 2014
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This book contains articles by various authors discussing many of the possible scenarios, benefits and difficulties of exploring Mars. My own personal feeling is that we're not ready to send people to Mars. I hate to say that because space exploration is thrilling. But I'd rather see more probes sent first at a small fraction of the cost, and meanwhile devote most of our energies to working on ways to develop much faster ways to travel though space. The trip to Mars - six months - is just too long. That said, the articles are fascinating, and if we do decide to go to Mars, I'll be glued to my seat in anticipation, even if I think it's too soon. With some luck I'l live another twenty years and see it happen.
5.0 out of 5 stars Groking back home on Mars 16 Jun 2014
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Men are from Mars ?? Well send me BACK !! Scientific American always has great general coverage of science news. And this arciel treats the subject in the depth I li/ke .
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars exploration 30 May 2014
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Well worth reading by anyone interested in the historical as well as the present endevours to explore Mars. This book is a complete report on the discoveries and the conclusions based on them from the very beginnings of Mars exploration until recent times.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Collection 26 May 2014
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Scientific American has got the message: publish specialty collections for readers interested in specific topics. This one is very good, with a range of articles on Mars exploration, including some hindsight looks at early missions.
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb voyage in time 12 April 2014
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Truthfull and entertaining sequence of our knoweledge of mars, and in paralel,of our permanent quest for knoweledge.
Scientific American usual first class information
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