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A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet

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The quest for Mars is chronicled by bestselling author Andrew Chaikin in this story of a passionate band of Earthbound explorers caught in the irresistible pull of the Red Planet.

They include celebrated figures: astronomer Carl Sagan, who champions the idea of life on Mars-; rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, drawing up plans for human Mars expeditions; and science-fictio
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Harry N. Abrams
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Oct 16, 2008 Chris rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Space enthusiasts, Mars enthusiasts
I've read only one other book about space exploration - a detailed history of the pre-space-age thinkers and astronomers who dreamed of space travel and the Soviet and American space programs and missions which followed them. This book deals specifically with the exploration of the planet Mars - the early observations by the astronomers Schiaparelli and Lowell and a brief history of NASA Apollo moonshot. The bulk of the book then deals with attempts to land unmanned craft on Mars, a history of o ...more
Claude Bertout
Feb 01, 2010 Claude Bertout rated it it was amazing
If you want to know why Barack Obama is making a huge mistake today (Feb. 1st, 2010) by killing the "Constellation" space exploration program that was supposed to put astronauts back on the Moon and later send them to Mars, this book will enlighten you and explain why no human being has explored Mars yet. We should go to Mars for reasons ranging from scientific to aesthetic, but also for more practical ones, like how can the Earth possibly sustain ten billion people in a peaceful way with disapp ...more
Nov 16, 2008 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: real-worldy
More about the minds of men and women who have loved Mars throughout the years, than Mars itself. And wonderful for that reason. From Schiaparelli's canali and Lowell's canals, to the megalomania of von Braun's Marsproject, to the Mars Underground's attempts to get Mars back on NASA's radar in the 80s, its about all the people who loved the red planet so much that it took over their lives and made them do, think, and say crazy things in pursuit of the dream.
Steve Welch
Excellent book, but that's not [just] because I'm in it ;-). Chapter 6, The Underground is about The Case for Mars group that I was a co-founder of, and Andy (who is a friend) used a lot of my interview for this chapter, and many of my Photographs.
Michael Powell
May 22, 2011 Michael Powell rated it really liked it
Title says it all: this book is about people laboring for decades to explore Mars any way possible to them. Amazing what individual obsession can accomplish
Rod Pyle
Chaikin brings his usual skills to the story of Mars. Detailed, breezy, fun.
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