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The Scientific Exploration of Mars

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  • Date Published: January 2010
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521829564

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  • What do we know about Mars? What remains to be understood? Is there evidence of life there? Will humans ever travel there? The dream of exploring Mars has been around since the early days of human civilization and still forms part of our vision of the future for the human race. Today, we send unmanned spacecraft to explore this neighboring world to examine its climate, search for evidence of past or present life, and learn how conditions there relate to those on Earth. Plans are now being prepared for a manned mission to Mars, set against an uncertain background of political, practical, technical and financial considerations. This unique book provides a complete description of the past, present and future of Mars exploration. Written by a scientist intimately involved with missions to Mars, it provides a personal first-hand account. It will appeal to anyone interested in this fascinating planet.

    • A personal firsthand account from a scientist intimately involved with missions to Mars
    • Provides a complete description of the past, present and future of Mars exploration
    • Written at a level that is understandable to interested non-scientists, as well as researchers in astronomy, planetary sciences, and physics
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'The comparison of the first drawings done by Huygens in the XVIIth century with the imagery of the XXIst century is extraordinary … very well documented …' l'Astronomie

    'Taylor … proves to be an engaging and amusing guide, discussing the scientific outcomes of missions such as the Mars Exploration Rovers with as equally a light touch as he describes the political wrangling which brought the mission into being. The Scientific Exploration of Mars is something between a reference book and popular science writing; detailed enough to tell you all the necessary facts, yet entertaining and insightful enough to make you want to read from cover to cover. For those interested in finding out how we came to know what we do about Mars, this is a fine place to start.' Euan Monaghan, Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, The Open University

    'This is a brilliant book. Professor Fred Taylor of Oxford University … has chronicled our exploration of the red planet in erudite and accessible fashion. … This is a terrific book for any students of the red planet …' Astronomy Now

    "[This book] is something between a reference book and popular science writing: detailed enough to tell you all the necessary facts, yet entertaining and insightful enough to make you want to read from cover to cover. For those interested in finding out how we came to know what we do about Mars, this is a fine place to start."

    "...this volume is beautifully produced and engagingly written. It may be read with profit by all interested in the ongoing study of Mars." Bill Leatherbarrow, J. Br. Astron. Assoc.

    "Written in a clear, engaging style, this wonderful book will be of high interest to scientifically literate readers seeking a comprehensive history and outlook about manned explorations of Mars. Essential." CHOICE

    "The text is very clear; there are extensive references. The diagrams are good and the illustrations adequate.. An excellent book..Serious students of Mars will find it particularly valuable, and it will no doubt run to many editions.
" - Sky at Night

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2010
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521829564
    • length: 362 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 195 x 23 mm
    • weight: 1.1kg
    • contains: 128 b/w illus. 54 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Views of Mars, From the Beginning to the Present Day:
    1. The dawn of Mars exploration
    2. The first space missions to Mars
    3. After Viking: the 20-year hiatus
    4. The modern era
    Part II. The Big Science: Motivation to Continue the Quest:
    5. The origin and evolution of planet Mars
    6. The changing climate of Mars
    7. The search for life
    Part III. Plans and Visions for the Future:
    8. The future of the unmanned programme
    9. Towards human expeditions
    10. The first footfall on Mars

  • Author

    Fredric W. Taylor, University of Oxford
    Fredric W. Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at Oxford University, and has spent many years in the Space Science Division of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. In addition to Mars projects, he has worked on missions to Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Titan and on Earth observation space experiments. He has received numerous awards and honours, including the Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement from NASA and the Bates Medal of the European Geophysical Society for Excellence in the Planetary Sciences.

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