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Mars 3-D: A Rover's-eye View of the Red Planet [Hardcover]

Jim Bell
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31 Jan 2009
What would it be like to visit Mars? Two highly capable robotic geologists - Spirit and Opportunity - made the amazing voyage and spent the last four years roaming the Red Planet's unique landscape. Thanks to 120 stunning 3-D and colour images shot by these rovers, readers can enjoy these super-realistic pictures as they pop off the page, showing the rocks, craters, valleys and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain. Compelling and accessible text guides us on this exhilarating tour, revealing the thrill of each discovery, along with the perils and near misses. Featuring a fold-out flap with embedded 3-D viewer, it's the perfect gift for any armchair astronomer.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (31 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402756208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402756207
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 16.1 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr. Jim Bell is currently a Professor at Arizona State University's School of Earth and Space Exploration in Tempe, Arizona, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. As President of The Planetary Society, he is an active and prolific public commentator on science and space exploration, earning the 2011 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. Jim has appeared on numerous radio and television shows, including NBC's "Today" show and the "PBS News Hour," as well as programs on the Discovery, National Geographic, and History cable channels. Author of "Postcards from Mars," "Mars 3-D," and "Moon 3-D," he has been involved in such NASA robotic exploration missions as the Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR), Mars Pathfinder, Mars Exploration Rovers, and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, to name a few. The main belt asteroid 8146 Jimbell is named in his honor.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Do not believe all you Read in the reviews 17 April 2010
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I am a big fan of anything ScFi.. Moon Sapce e.c.t.

I read the reviews here on Amazon and decided to buy both the Moon & Mars 3D books.

THE GOOD: The books are well put together and a great idea.

THE BAD! The picture quality from the pictures in the books are very poor.

If you hoping for High Def pictures in 3-D then you will be very disappointed!.

Think of TV 1080P Perfect picture, compared to orginal 625P.....

The pictures from this book are more 380P quality hence why i felt the need to let you all know.

I have decided to resell my 2 books as it was a very BIG let down..

It would have been GREAT! if they could have also printed normal High Quailty pictures

to make up the lack of poor picture quality offered in 3-D..

The 3-D Glasses are built into the book (Part of the book) and cannot be removed, & can be a pain

to use when view the poor quality 3 D pictures...
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5.0 out of 5 stars True vision ... 10 Jun 2009
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I've hoped that someone would collate the anaglyph images (3D) taken by the 3 NASA rovers on Mars because the few that i've seen on websites are amazing. Yes they're largely rocks and soil but rocks and soil of a different planet! The 3D transforms what appear to be flat plains into undulating areas of near crevasse and for that alone they are invaluable. So the book arrived and I was disappointed in the size; it's not much bigger than a paperback (although it IS hardback). It's got a pair of anaglyph specs built in to the cover (not removeable) but see sense and buy a pair (red/cyan) off the web were they are freely available. My initial disappointment vanished when I began to view the pages. They are superb. Page after page of immaculate 3D scenes and more interestingly many 3D closeups of rocks or core samples. That might sound boring but it's not. The shallow depth of field really suits the anaglyph illusion and the image quality of tiny particles and abraded rock is stunning. All of this is complimented by some worthy prose that described the 3 rovers and their travels.
This is a truly GREAT book and anyone with an interest in the subject MUST buy a copy. It's a real bargain at the price too.
(No, i'm not related to the author.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mars 3D 8 Jan 2011
By Alan W
My Grandson was very pleased when he opened his present and has written to me to say he enjoyed the format and reading the book
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