Mars Beckons: The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space

Mars Beckons: The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space

by John Noble Wilford
     
 

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer John Noble Wilford traverses the vast physical and cognitive distances between earth and Mars, offering an informed vision of the future of Martian exploration. MARS BECKONS is a fascinating synthesis of myth, history, politics, and high technology, written with the momentum of a grand adventure story.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer John Noble Wilford traverses the vast physical and cognitive distances between earth and Mars, offering an informed vision of the future of Martian exploration. MARS BECKONS is a fascinating synthesis of myth, history, politics, and high technology, written with the momentum of a grand adventure story.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wilford chronicles unmanned satellite mapping of Mars's surface and technological hurdles that must be overcome before humans may visit it. `` This is popular science at its best, and will appeal to those interested in the exploration of our solar system,'' said PW. Photos. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Wilford, New York Times science editor , has produced an easy-to-read general introduction to Mars. He examines our fascination with Mars as the other planet in the solar system likely to harbor life, speculation that began with the ancients and took hold in the 19th century, when, based on their observations, astronomers erroneously concluded that Mars is inhabited by intelligent life. He details the findings of the unmanned probes that in recent years characterized Mars as it really is--a cold, dry world that, nevertheless, still exerts much of the same fascination on our imagination, embodied in current plans for manned missions to, and possible colonization of, the planet. Highly recommended.-- Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
Booknews
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (for The New York Times) Wilford synthesizes myth, history, politics, and high technology in tracing man's relationship with Mars from antiquity to the present, and offers an informed vision of the future of Martian exploration. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679735311
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/03/1991
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

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