Postcards from Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet
Item #: BookPostcards
Postcards from Mars: The First Photographer on the Red Planet Hardcover The most fantastic of all journeys—the Spirit and Opportunity mobile robot missions to the surface of Mars—produced over 150,000 astonishing photographs. While the images were made available on low-resolution computer screens as they were sent back across millions of space miles, no one until now has done the painstaking work of editing, cropping, and processing these massive (often larger than 100 megabytes) images. The person to do it is Jim Bell, the scientist and photographer who led the photography team on this historic expedition. With his unique perspective, these photographs take us from the brave launches of these robots, to the alien landscape they discovered and the mysteries of the planet that they have helped to solve. Over 150 lavish full-color-process prints bring the colors and textures of Mars to vivid life on the page. Four of the most impressive pictures are presented in their entirety as gatefold images—which extend over three feet in width—providing a view of the surface of another planet unprecedented in its detail and clarity. Postcards from Mars is the perfect gift to give readers who have their feet on the ground and their eyes on the heavens. Features:
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (November 16, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 11.6 x 1.2 inches
"A stunning portfolio of robotic snapshots that capture
the red planet in all its desolate beauty."
"Postcards from Mars is a coffee-table book of fabulous photos that also includes the compelling human story behind the successful Spirit and Opportunity rovers. . . . Postcards From Mars is a handsome gift book, and an excellent tool to jumpstart imaginitive trips to Mars and discussions of space exploration and settlement with family, friends, and coworkers. Highly recommended."
—National Space Society
"[Bell] tells the story of preparing the spacecraft for launch and of the rovers' arrival on Mars in an unconventional tone, with just the right mix of detail and personal point of view. . . . The quality of the printing is high, reproducing intense colors, dramatic shadows, and fine details."
—The Planetary Society
"This superbly produced set of photographs is a spine-tingling preview of the dramatic landscape that future humans will one day explore in person. Jim Bell has put together a beautiful, inspiring, and powerful book."
—Dr. Buzz Aldrin, one of the two astronauts aboard the Apollo 11 lunar module,
the first manned mission to land on the Moon