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A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet
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A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet (Hardcover) From Andrew Chaikin, author of "A Man on the Moon", Andrew has just written "A Passion for Mars: Intrepid Explorers of the Red Planet." In A Passion for Mars, Chaikin revisits those adventurous days in the summer of 1976, but also goes far beyond them, even examining the influence that artists like Chesley Bonestell had in creating such an obsession with all things Martian. “For the generation of artists who might be called Bonestell’s children, the fact that some of the details in his paintings — for example, jagged lunar mountains and blue Martian skies turned out to be wrong — did nothing to diminish their power,” writes Chaikin. Chaikin does an outstanding job of recounting the history of the spacecraft exploration of Mars, from the Mariner flights through the highly successful current missions with the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity. But perhaps the most insightful chapter in this book is one devoted to the late NASA Administrator Thomas Paine’s bold dream of following up the Apollo Moon landings with a manned mission to Mars. Features:
  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.5 x 1 inches
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