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"Jim Bell takes us on an extraordinary journey across often mysterious, sometimes perilous, and always fascinating Martian terrain. A must-read for anyone who's ever dreamed of exploring the Red Planet."
--Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut
"See this other world like no one before you could. . . make discoveries that fiction writers only dream about!"
--Bill Nye, "The Science Guy," and member of the Mars team
"Bell has accomplished the impossible—he has brought the surface of Mars down to Earth."
--Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist, American Museum of Natural history Author of The Pluto Files
"Experience Mars as never before . . . the next best thing to going there."
--Ann Druyan, co-writer COSMOS, co-creator, Contact
“These images transport us Earthlings to new depths of Martian discoveries.”
--Dava Sobel, author, Longitude and Galileo's Daughter
Posted January 3, 2009
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I've had this one on my wish list and lucked out during the clearance sales, finding it at 50% off. It's touching to find this just after the news releases of solid evidence of ice found, too. No martains, =o)) and very peaceful. Hopefully, we'll have the common sense to stick with it's peaceful cultivation and the labors of a research haven.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 1, 2008
I know what you're thinking: Mars in 3D? Somebody took hokey '50s era ViewMaster Viewer technology to make 21st century digital shots of the Martian landscape look more ... awesome? Lame! But here's the thing: they aren't lame. Scanning the Martian terrain through the book's built in red/blue glasses (note to older viewers: put on your reading glasses first) somehow makes the Red Planet more familiar and even stranger. More familiar because suddenly you're noting the planet's earthlike hills and depressions, its stubby rocks and sheer cliffs ... stranger because they never look *quite* like the ones we see on Earth. So as much as you want to say, "Ha! Looks just like the the Grand Canyon or Death Valley or the Sahara Desert!" it never does. Indeed, the word "otherworldly" applies here. It's also cool to have someone who was actually part of the NASA team that sent these two camera-packed rovers to Mars explain their mission and their improbably long life on the Martian surface. (Built to work for only 90 Martian days, thanks in part to windstorms that blew the dust off their solar panels they rolled around taking pictures for 10 times that long.) All in all, Mars 3-D takes you on a truly awesome trip -- one you literally couldn't take any other way.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.