Mars Beckons: The Mysteries, the Challenges, the Expectations of Our Next Great Adventure in Space

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The astronomer Percival Lowell envisioned a world threaded by canals and peopled by ancient, intelligent beings. The Viking spacecraft showed us a seemingly sterile planet with a salmon-pink sky and sub-Antarctic temperatures. In this swiftly paced and authoritative book, a Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer traverses the vast physical and cognitive distances between Earth and Mars—and between Lowell’s Mars and Viking’s—while offering an informed vision of the future of Martian exploration. Mars Beckons is a fascinating synthesis of myth, history, politics, and high technology, written with the momentum of a grand adventure story.
 
“Absorbing, fast, paced and neatly balanced . . . It is a testimony to Wilford that he can cover so much ground. . . . He proves that science writing can be done excellently.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Highly readable . . . well-crafted . . . an important book in the ongoing debate about space.”—Newsday
 
“An excellent book . . . Wilford offers us a compelling vision of our past, present and future with Mars.”—Wall Street Journal

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John Noble Wilford is a science correspondent for The New York Times. His professional career began in 1956 at the Wall Street Journal, where he was a general assignment reporter and a medical reporter. In 1962, he joined Time to work as a contributing science editor, then moved in 1965 to The New York Times to be a science reporter. In 1969 he wrote the New York Times front-page article about man's first walk on the moon. His was the only byline on the front page, beneath the headline "Men Walk On Moon" and under the subheading "A Powdery Surface is Closely Explored." In 2008 Wilford received the University of Tennessee's Hileman Distinguished Alumni Award. He lives in New York.

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Wilford, New York Times science editor , has produced an easy-to-read general introduction to Mars. He examines our fascination with Mars as the other planet in the solar system likely to harbor life, speculation that began with the ancients and took hold in the 19th century, when, based on their observations, astronomers erroneously concluded that Mars is inhabited by intelligent life. He details the findings of the unmanned probes that in recent years characterized Mars as it really is--a cold, dry world that, nevertheless, still exerts much of the same fascination on our imagination, embodied in current plans for manned missions to, and possible colonization of, the planet. Highly recommended.
- Thomas J. Frieling, Bainbridge Coll., Ga.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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