The Planet Mars: A History of Observation & Discovery

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University of Arizona Press, 1996 - Science - 270 pages
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In this timely and vividly written account, William Sheehan traces human fascination with Mars back to the naked-eye observers of the planet. He recalls the early telescopic observers who first made out enigmatic markings and polar caps on its surface. Through lively historical anecdotes, he describes in detail the debate over the so-called canals of Mars, which encouraged speculation that the planet might be inhabited. Finally, Sheehan describes more recent theories about the planet, leading up to the present, when unmanned spacecraft have enabled us to make giant strides in exploration.
Well documented and sparked with human interest, this book will be a useful companion and guide in interpreting the barrage of headlines about Mars that is sure to come over the next few years. Amateurs will appreciate the contributions that have been made to Martian studies by people like themselves, and professionals will find much original material that has never before been published.
  

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Although two decades have passed since the last spacecraft successfully visited Mars, several missions will be launched in the next year. In this timely volume, Sheehan (Worlds in the Sky, LJ 9/1/92 ... Read full review

Contents

Pioneers
16
A Situation Similar to Ours
31
Confirmations and Controversies
79
Lowell
98
How the Eye Interprets
114
Opposition 1909
130
The Lingering Romance
146
Spacecraft to Mars
162
Vikingsand Beyond
186
The Hurtling Moons of Mars
204
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William Sheehan is a psychiatrist, writer, and amateur astronomer.

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