Is There Life on Mars?

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Complete with photographs and drawings, this informative book provides middle readers with a comprehensive look at the planet Mars while discussing the theory of life existing there.

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Grade 5-9-In this fascinating, well-researched book, readers are treated to a wealth of detailed and unbiased information about the Red Planet. The author begins with a short summary about the history of humankind's interest in Mars, previewing the content of the entire book. While defining terms such as planet and constellation, he reveals what Mars meant to ancient civilizations and discusses the origin of the planet's name, important figures in the development of astronomy, and how Mars and the idea of Martians have affected the psyche of both scientists and average citizens of Earth. From Orson Welles's 1938 radio broadcast of H. G. Wells's War of the Worlds to 1996 when several pieces of Mars were found on Earth, the author takes readers on a journey through all the discoveries about our neighboring planet via telescope, actual flybys, and landings. Perhaps the most interesting chapters are the last two in which Fradin imagines human "aliens" landing on and colonizing Mars in the 21st century. While the black-and-white photographs scattered throughout are very good, the 8-page insert containing 18 beautiful, full-color photos and illustrations is dazzling and adds depth to the text. The author's genuine enthusiasm for his subject is contagious. There is much captivating information here-for research projects and for dreaming about the future.
Linda Wadleigh, Oconee County Middle School, Watkinsville, GA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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