Postcards from Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet

Postcards from Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet

by Jim Bell
     
 

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The most fantastic of all journeys—the Spirit and Opportunity mobile robot missions to the surface of Mars—produced over 150,000 astonishing photographs. While the images were made available on low-resolution computer screens as they were sent back across millions of space miles, no one until now has done the painstaking work of editing,

Overview

The most fantastic of all journeys—the Spirit and Opportunity mobile robot missions to the surface of Mars—produced over 150,000 astonishing photographs. While the images were made available on low-resolution computer screens as they were sent back across millions of space miles, no one until now has done the painstaking work of editing, cropping, and processing these massive (often larger than 100 megabytes) images.

The person to do it is Jim Bell, the scientist and photographer who led the photography team on this historic expedition. With his unique perspective, these photographs take us from the brave launches of these robots, to the alien landscape they discovered and the mysteries of the planet that they have helped to solve.

Over 150 lavish full-color-process prints bring the colors and textures of Mars to vivid life on the page. Four of the most impressive pictures are presented in their entirety as gatefold images—which extend over three feet in width—providing a view of the surface of another planet unprecedented in its detail and clarity. Postcards from Mars is the perfect gift to give readers who have their feet on the ground and their eyes on the heavens.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Spirit and Opportunity robot missions to Mars have managed to conjure more than 150,000 images in two Earth years. Only 150 are shown here, but that should be enough to astonish. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452296749
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
10/26/2010
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Jim Bell's POSTCARDS FROM MARS is a masterpiece. It promises the future for all of us.--Ray Bradbury
Dava Sobel
Wish you were here? I do! These picture postcards of the Martian planetscape perfectly frame the savage beauty of that alien world. And the messages accompanying the images--Jim Bell's informed, impassioned impressions of Mars--enhance the vicarious thrill of this unique travelogue. For an armchair space traveler, here is a fantasy realized.
Buzz Aldrin
POSTCARDS FROM MARS allows all of us to set foot on another planet. This superbly produced set of photographs from the historic Spirit and Opportunity rover missions is a spine-tingling preview of the dramatic landscapes that future humans will one day explore in person. And who better as a guide to these amazing images than the man in charge of taking them? Jim Bell has put together a beautiful, inspiring, and powerful book.
Ray Bradbury
Jim Bell's POSTCARDS FROM MARS is a masterpiece. It promises the future for all of us.

Meet the Author

Professor of astronomy at Cornell, Jim Bell was in charge of the photography on the Spirit and Opportunity rover missions to Mars that touched down in 2004.

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