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Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission [Hardcover]

Marc Kaufman , Elon Musk

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28 Aug 2014
Following up on Hubble, National Geographic Space Atlas, and Buzz Aldrin's Mission to Mars, National Geographic presents the only book that reveals all the behind-the-scenes stories of the famous Curiosity project. Renowned science journalist Marc Kaufman has spent two years embedded with the engineers and scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, cheering on the rover's spine-tingling landing, learning the back-story of anticipated findings, and witnessing the inescapable frustrations that come from operating a $2.5-billion multi-tasking robot on a planet 35 million miles from Earth. Chapter by chapter, Kaufman explores the science and technology at the heart of our mission to Mars. Why do dry creek beds suggest life may have existed here? How does Curiosity test Mars's soil? When will humans step onto this planet, and what will it be like to live on Mars? To answer these questions, Kaufman introduces one colourful character after another, each a key player in the history-making drama unfolding on the next planet out from the sun. The enthusiasm of these scientists and inventors, not to mention the fascinating knowledge they share, bursts through on every page, confirming foreword writer Elon Musk's declaration that We will be stepping out onto Mars by the 2030s. With images never published before, computer-enhanced with colours that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book that explains everything behind the most ambitious space expedition ever.

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"A vibrant telling, amplified by striking images and photographs, of the Curiosity mission to Mars....A totally gratifying account." --"Kirkus Reviews ""Countless books have been written about Mars, ever since astronomers could peer at the twinkling red orb through primitive telescopes, but none have ever included more sumptuous full-color close-up photographs than this engrossing coffee-table book on NASA's recent Curiosity mission." --"Booklist" ""Mars Up Close" is a stunning masterpiece, an elegant book that not only transforms the distant Red Planet into a world of spectacular splendor -but a perplexing globe that still holds its secrets tight. Kaufman is a first-rate writer and scribes a compelling narrative about the recent findings of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover and the mission makers on the trail of truth regarding the enigmatic planet." --Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and author of "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration" "After this read -- and soaking in the lavishly gorgeous presentation - you'll get to know the fourth planet as never before...and a place that beckons for human exploration." --Leonard David, SPACE.com's Space Insider Columnist, co-author of "Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration " "In this book Marc Kaufman vividly transports us to the surface of Mars through the eyes of the Curiosity spacecraft that landed on the planet in 2012 after an infamous "seven minutes of terror." Complete with the brilliant images and three-dimensional apps we have come to expect from a National Geographic publication, the book not only describes a pioneering effort in planetary exploration, including the search for life, but also foreshadows what space visionaries such as Elon Musk believe will be a future era of multi-planetary human life." --Steven J. Dick, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Former NASA Chief Historian ""Mars Up Close "captures the talented personaliti

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MARC KAUFMAN writes about NASA and space science for NationalGeographic.com/NewsWatch and "The Washington Post," where he was a reporter on the national staff for 10 years. "Kirkus" listed his previous book, "First Contact, " as one of the best nonfiction titles in 2011. He has worked as a foreign correspondent at "The Washington Post," reporting from Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and as New Delhi bureau chief for the "Philadelphia Inquirer." His articles have appeared in "New York, Smithsonian, "and" Conde Nast Traveler."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mars like you have never seen it before 22 Aug 2014
By John Farrar - Published on Amazon.com
This is an outstanding book which presents both a detailed description of the exploration of Mars and outstanding pictures to match. It conveys the excitement that is to be had in exploring our potentially habitable neighboring planet. I would highly recommend this book to any "would be" astronauts and all those who look up at the night sky with wonder and excitement.
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This book is detailed on the surface but avoids the "internals" of Curiosity.
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