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On Mars; Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-1978, The NASA History

Ezell, Edward Clinton, and Ezell, Linda Neuman

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ISBN 10: 0486467570 / ISBN 13: 9780486467573
Published by Dover Publications, Inc, Mineola, NY, 2009
Condition: Very good Soft cover
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xviii, [2], 535, [5] pages. Illustrations. Tables. Bibliographic Essay. Errata. Source Notes. Index. 9.25 inches by 6.75 inches and about 1 inch wide--slightly larger format than many other books. Cover has slight wear and soiling. This Dover edition, first published in 2009, is an unabridged and slightly corrected republication of the work originally published in Washington in 1984 in the NASA History Series as NASA SP-4212 under the title On Mars: Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-1978. The color photos originally on pages 385 to 388 can now be found between pages 364 and 365 in the Dover edition. A new Introduction by Paul Dickson has been added to this edition. Although it was only designed for a ninety-day surface mission, the Viking 1 lander ultimately transmitted science messages to Earth for seven years. This authoritative history chronicles the remarkable achievements of the Viking program during its first three decades. Commissioned by NASA, it recounts the events surrounding the first planetary landing on Earth's closest neighbor and the first on-site search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. It also portrays a human drama in which thousands of professionals from government, industry, and academia joined together to accomplish the seemingly impossible. This history begins with a survey of the qualities that make the surface and atmosphere of Mars prime targets for scientific investigation. A retrospective of NASA's Mariner program follows, detailing the series of robotic interplanetary probes that led to the initiation of the Viking program in 1968. The authors trace the ensuing technological developments, including the first lander vehicles and orbiter. They also profile the cooperation of managerial, technical, and scientific teams during the mission's data-gathering and analysis phases. The final chapters outline the scientific results of the Viking investigations, examine some of the unresolved questions, and consider possible future explorations. Dozens of photos taken by Viking cameras illuminate the text. Republication of original NASA 1984 publication. Bookseller Inventory # 73434

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Title: On Mars; Exploration of the Red Planet 1958-...

Publisher: Dover Publications, Inc, Mineola, NY

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Trade paperback

Book Condition: Very good

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Although it was only designed for a ninety-day surface mission, the Viking 1 lander ultimately transmitted science messages to Earth for seven years. This authoritative history chronicles the remarkable achievements of the Viking program during its first three decades. Commissioned by NASA, it recounts the events surrounding the first planetary landing on Earth's closest neighbor and the first on-site search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. It also portrays a human drama in which thousands of professionals from government, industry, and academia joined together to accomplish the seemingly impossible.
This history begins with a survey of the qualities that make the surface and atmosphere of Mars prime targets for scientific investigation. A retrospective of NASA's Mariner program follows, detailing the series of robotic interplanetary probes that led to the initiation of the Viking program in 1968. The authors trace the ensuing technological developments, including the first lander vehicles and orbiter. They also profile the cooperation of managerial, technical, and scientific teams during the mission's data-gathering and analysis phases. The final chapters outline the scientific results of the Viking investigations, examine some of the unresolved questions, and consider possible future explorations. Dozens of photos taken by Viking cameras illuminate the text.

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Formerly a historian at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Edward Clinton Ezell is a curator of military history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Linda Neuman Ezell is a historian at NASA Headquarters.

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