4TH ROCK FROM THE SUN: The Story of Mars

4TH ROCK FROM THE SUN: The Story of Mars

NICKY JENNER    Book Number: 87438    Product format: Paperback

You will fall in love with the red dot in the night sky in this enthusiastic exploration of its nature, attributes and impact on 3rd-Rock culture. From David Bowie's extra-terrestrial Spiders to H. G. Wells's The War of the Worlds, the Red Planet has inspired hundreds of scientists, authors and filmmakers. But why? What is it about Mars that makes this planet so intriguing? Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, and astrologers found meaning in the planet's dance through the sky. Stargazers puzzled over its familiar properties; some claimed to see canals criss-crossing its surface, while images from early spacecraft showed startling faces and pyramids carved out of rusty rock. Did Martians exist and if so, were they intelligent and civilised beings? We now have a better understanding of Mars and its red hue, small moons, atmosphere (or lack of it) and mysterious past. Robots have trundled across the planet's surface, beaming back astonishing images of the alien landscape and seeking clues on how it has evolved. Soon we may set foot on the planet. What challenges are involved and how are we preparing for them? Is there a future for humanity on Mars? 272pp, colour photos, paperback.
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ISBN 9781472922526
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