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Mars: Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet (National Geographic) [Hardcover]

Paul Raeburn

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1 Aug 1998 National Geographic
In December 1996, NASA''s Pathfinder was laun ched on a 310 million mile course that heralded a new era of space exploration. This book showcases the most dramatic im ages from the most recent Pathfinder mission '

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on Mars exploration in over five years! 18 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
When I saw the large size of the book I was expecting a nice coffee table/waiting room book for readers to glance through. However, with Matt Golombek as a contributor I knew that some serious science would be on the agenda. After reading the book, I was amazed at how the author(s) weaved a fascinating narrative together with solid science. This book is for the serious student as well as the public at large.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most spectacular photographs I've ever seen. 1 Nov 1998
By flowerse@earthlink.net - Published on Amazon.com
The photographs of Mars are spectacular, and there are a lot of them. The pictures clearly show how water -- oceans of it -- etched canyons six times deeper than the Grand Canyon. The pictures of Olympus Mons illustrate where the volcanic sediments in the river banks came from. The description of "on the fly" programming of the 41 explosive bolts necessary to land Pathfinder was touching, dramatic and fascinating. The book provides a breathtaking story of interplanetary scientific adventure. Edward B. Flowers, St. John's University
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful introduction to our cold and dry neighbor 17 Aug 2001
By Ritesh Laud - Published on Amazon.com
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This outstanding book is published by National Geographic and it shows! Enough colorful pictures to qualify as a coffee table book but plenty of interesting text to work through as well. The book is written for the "educated layman", not too technical but at the same time assuming a basic understanding of science. The ratio of text to pictures is similar to the National Geographic magazine, perhaps a bit heavier on the text.
Raeburn begins with a summary of the different beliefs held about Mars before the spacecraft era, including the widely held one initiated by Lowell about canals constructed by intelligent Martians. Raeburn spends the bulk of the book taking us through NASA's various missions to Mars: Mariner, Viking, Pathfinder, and Global Surveyor. The book was published in 1998 and hence only provides a "preview" of the Global Surveyor findings. Today, of course, we have a complete global map of Mars in astonishing detail.
Also, Raeburn optimistically looks forward to NASA's continuing "faster, cheaper, better" program of Mars exploration. We already know that the orbiter and polar lander failed, so let's hope that the craft to be launched this year fare better. Raeburn also notes that in 2005 a craft will be launched that should bring rocks from Mars back to Earth!
Overall, definitely worth the price of entry for the pictures alone. There are even some neat 3-D pictures inside and the book provides 3-D glasses!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mars by Raeburn 19 Oct 2003
By Dr. Joseph S. Maresca - Published on Amazon.com
This work has spectacular pictures of the Martian surface
developed from recent expeditions. The shots of the Valles
Marineris are panoramic as is the Orphir plateau surface.
The planet has a heavily cratered terrain with many
photo shots of the Southern Polar Cap consisting of water and
CO 2. This book would be a treasure chest for a school class
project in science. It is highly recommended for a young
audience or for curious elders and other red planet enthusiasts. The detailed descriptions of the planet add
significantly to the overall presentation. The book is a
worthy addition to any science library.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An awe-inspiring book! 2 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The authors have done a magnificent job of capturing the mystery, excitement, and wonder of our nearest planetary neighbor. Beautiful photos! Captures all the excitement from the recent Mars Pathfinder (Sojourner Rover) landing!
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