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The Exploration of Mars: Seaching for the Cosmic Origins of Life

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Will Mars provide a clue to how life develops? A century ago, several prominent astronomers convinced themselves that Mars supported a great canal-building civilization. This theory shaped our image of the planet until the 1950s. In July 1996, a NASA team announced the discovery of fossilized traces of microbial life in a meteorite from Mars, resulting in plans for an acce ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published October 28th 1998 by Aurum Press (first published October 1998)
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Jan 11, 2012 Geevee rated it liked it
This is the first book I have read about Mars and man's attempts to explore it.

As such I wanted to learn about the plans, missions, objectives and results written in a easy to understand fashion. This book did that nicely - and although first written in 1997 - showing how Mars was formed and what man had expected (and in some cases wished) to find.

The chapters on the Viking mission/s and Mars Pathfinder/Sojourner that including pre-launch, landings, conducting experiments and the analysis back
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Piers Bizony is a science journalist and space historian who writes for magazines such as Focus and Wired as well as the Independent. His award-winning book on Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey was described as 'full of sparkling enthusiasm' by the New Scientist and 'excellent, in every way worthy of Kubrick's original precision-crafted vision' by the Evening Standard.
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