A passion for Mars: intrepid explorers of the Red Planet
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-fiction author Ray Bradbury, standard-bearer for Mars's crucial place in human destiny. Readers also meet the rogue grad students known as the "Mars Underground," keepers of the flame when Mars falls off NASA's radar; biologist Jerry Soffen, looking for signs of life in a Martian meteorite; geologist Mike Malin, who defies skeptics to reveal a Mars no one imagines; and many others, including Chaikin himself, who served on the first Viking Mars landing and covered Mars exploration as a science journalist. Based on extensive interviews, illustrated with compelling images, and animated by the author's own passion, Chaikin's account will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a journey to Mars.
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This Book was an amazing descovery that took me for a ride and made me feel apart of the action.
Review: A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red PlanetUser Review - Steve Welch - Goodreads
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. Read full review
Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
No preview available - 2005