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Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World

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How can you make sense of a world where no one has ever lived? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton tells the story of the heroic landscapes of Mars, now better mapped in some ways than the Earth itself. Mapping Mars introduces the reader to the nineteenth-century visionaries and spy-satellite pioneers, the petroleum geologists and science-fiction writers, the artists an ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Picador (first published 2002)
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Marvelous, from start to finish. About where we've been and where we are going, with the romance and the rigor, the achievement and the dream, and without ever betraying the enormous difficulties involved in the minds of mankind and the machines that we build.
Duane Dunkerson
Mapping Mars - Science, Imagination, and The Birth of a World by Oliver Morton

In this book the author, Oliver Morton, does not present an inch by inch accounting of the NASA missions to Mars. The foot ruler of progression could have been applied to development, launch, interplanetary journey, orbit, and landing on Mars. Mr. Morton's scale is ultra NASA to include science fiction, art, politics, and the appreciation of human places.

It is the grand age for Earth's robots. One of them, Pathfinder,
This book is just fun as hell. Especially when you pair it up with the glorious NASA Atlas of the Solar System, which I just happen to have a copy of. I now crave the MOLA (Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter) globe of the red planet. This book refers often to old NASA maps that I used to see when Dad was working at TRW during the old Viking projects, and also to the Kim Stanley Robinson "Mars" cycle, which I understand will be a SciFi Channel miniseries next year. As I finished this book, two or three ...more
There is a rash of stuff about Mars on the shelves right now. If you choose just one, make it this, perhaps the most informed and best written document of the history of our quest to understand the topography of another world, in some ways better known than our own -- in others alien and remote. This is one of the few books that enthralled me so much I missed my stop on the tube.
If you have the slightest interest in the exploration of the planet Mars, you'll find this book a fascinating read.
Shane Kiley
Please don't waste your time with this insufferable bore. Not even academically interesting
Booknerd Fraser
Good, but the author jumps around a lot. And it's really not primarily concerned with mapping.
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