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A fascinating insight into the world of space science and engineering that will keep you glued to its pages,
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This review is from: Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity (Kindle Edition)
This book is more of an autobiography than a technical book although it also contains a fair amount of technical details on the instruments and missions for Genesis and Curiosity. Unusually for a technical book this one also has a really compelling story line and once you start reading it you may find it hard to put down.
You might think that the life of a space scientist is one of unsurpassed geekiness. Not so! Follow the author as he battles against competition with the brightest minds in science, NASA bureaucracy, almost insuperable technical challenges, crushing time and budget constraints, forest fires, family problems and, if all this was not enough, living with the constant uncertainty of whether his instruments will be chosen, if the mission will ever fly and, even if it does, will the spacecraft survive launch, flight and landing.