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Destination Mars

Author : Rod Pyle
ISBN : 9781616145903
Genre : Science
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In the next decade, NASA, by itself and in collaboration with the European Space Agency, is planning a minimum of four separate missions to Mars. Clearly, exciting times are ahead for Mars exploration. This is an insider’s look into the amazing projects now being developed here and abroad to visit the legendary red planet. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into the history of Mars exploration and the difficulties and dangers of traveling there. After an entertaining survey of the human fascination with Mars over the centuries, the author offers an introduction to the geography, geology, and water processes of the planet. He then briefly describes the many successful missions by NASA and others to that distant world. But failure and frustration also get their due. As the author makes clear, going to Mars is not, and never will be, easy. Later in the book, he describes in detail what each upcoming mission will involve. In the second half of the book, he offers the reader a glimpse inside the world of Earth-based "Mars analogs," places on Earth where scientists are conducting research in hostile environments that are eerily "Martian." Finally, he constructs a probable scenario of a crewed expedition to Mars, so that readers can see how earlier robotic missions and human Earth simulations will fit together. All this is punctuated by numerous firsthand interviews with some of the finest Mars explorers of our day, including Stephen Squyres (Mars Exploration Rover), Bruce Murray (former director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), and Peter Smith (chief of the Mars Phoenix Lander and the upcoming OSIRIS-REx missions). These stellar individuals give us an insider’s view of the difficulties and rewards of roaming the red planet. The author’s infectious enthusiasm and firsthand knowledge of the international space industry combine to make a uniquely appealing and accessible book about Mars. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Mysteries Of Mars

Author : Fabio Vittorio De Blasio
ISBN : 9783319747842
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Red Rover

Author : Roger Wiens
ISBN : 9780465051991
Genre : Science
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For centuries humankind has fantasized about life on Mars, whether it’s intelligent Martian life invading our planet (immortalized in H.G. Wells’s The War of the Worlds) or humanity colonizing Mars (the late Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles). The Red Planet’s proximity and likeness to Earth make it a magnet for our collective imagination. Yet the question of whether life exists on Mars—or has ever existed there—remains an open one. Science has not caught up to science fiction—at least not yet. This summer we will be one step closer to finding the answer. On August 5th, Curiosity—a one-ton, Mini Cooper-sized nuclear-powered rover—is scheduled to land on Mars, with the primary mission of determining whether the red planet has ever been physically capable of supporting life. In Getting to Mars, Roger Wiens, the principal investigator for the ChemCam instrument on the rover—the main tool for measuring Mars’s past habitability—will tell the unlikely story of the development of this payload and rover now blasting towards a planet 354 million miles from Earth. ChemCam (short for Chemistry and Camera) is an instrument onboard the Curiosity designed to vaporize and measure the chemical makeup of Martian rocks. Different elements give off uniquely colored light when zapped with a laser; the light is then read by the instrument’s spectrometer and identified. The idea is to use ChemCam to detect life-supporting elements such as carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen to evaluate whether conditions on Mars have ever been favorable for microbial life. This is not only an inside story about sending fantastic lasers to Mars, however. It’s the story of a new era in space exploration. Starting with NASA’s introduction of the Discovery Program in 1992, smaller, scrappier, more nimble missions won out as behemoth manned projects went extinct. This strategic shift presented huge opportunities—but also presented huge risks for shutdown and failure. And as Wiens recounts, his project came close to being closed down on numerous occasions. Getting to Mars is the inspiring account of how Wiens and his team overcame incredible challenges—logistical, financial, and political—to successfully launch a rover in an effort to answer the eternal question: is there life on Mars?

Lying Wonders Of The Red Planet Exposing The Lie Of Ancient Aliens

Author : S. Douglas Woodward
ISBN : 9781312202993
Genre : Religion
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The history of the Red Planet features enchanted fiction, diabolical deception, frustrated hopes, cutting-edge science, and dark occult beliefs. Over the past half-century, this story intensified as the exploration of our planetary neighbor expanded with satellite photo-flybys and robotic science labs creeping across the Martian surface. Despite discovering Mars’ unsuitability for life of most every kind, myths continue to flourish about intelligent life once present there, channeled encounters with aliens, rapid space travel back and forth to Mars, and a massive military base some ancient alien theorists believe exists below its surface. “(Woodward) hits every important topic regarding the burgeoning UFO phenomena in what may become a researcher’s go-to guide for UFOs, ET, and whether intelligent life ever existed (or exists today!) on Mars.“— L. A. Marzulli, (from the Foreword). S. Douglas Woodward has written seven books on alternate history, biblical eschatology, religion, and philosophy.

The Cosmos

Author : Jay M. Pasachoff
ISBN : 9781107276956
Genre : Science
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An exciting introduction to astronomy, the fourth edition of this book uses recent discoveries and stunning photography to inspire non-science majors about the Universe. Written by two highly experienced and engaging instructors, each chapter has been fully updated, with more than 200 new images throughout, including recent images from space missions and the world's best observatories. The newly redesigned text is organized as a series of stories, each presenting the history of the field, the observations made and how they fit within the process of science, our current understanding and what future observations are planned. Math is provided in boxes and easily read around, making the book suitable for courses taking either mathematical or qualitative approaches. New discussion questions encourage students to think widely about astronomy and the role science plays in our everyday lives and podcasts for each chapter aid studying and comprehension.

Curiosity

Author : Rod Pyle
ISBN : 9781616149345
Genre : Science
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The story of the people who designed, built, launched, landed, and are now operating the Mars rover Curiosity Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into how this enthusiastic team of diverse individuals uses a revolutionary onboard laboratory of chemistry, geology, and physics instruments to unravel the profound secrets of the Red Planet. Readers will meet: Robert Manning, chief engineer for every rover mission since Pathfinder; John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the entire mission; Vandi Tompkins, the software designer who keeps the rover on track; Bobak Ferdowsi, famed “Mohawk Guy” from Mission Control; Adam Steltzner, the Elvis-like Entry, Descent and Landing Lead; Al Chen, chief of flight dynamics and the voice of JPL during Curiosity’s treacherous landing; and many others. And of course, Pyle describes the adventures of the Curiosity rover itself, from landing through the first samples, drilling, and discovering a habitable past on the planet, to reaching the ultimate target: Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Crater. America is once again at the forefront of a new space age and Curiosity is just the beginning of many exciting new discoveries to come. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Was Macht Der Astronaut Wenn Er Mal Muss

Author : Mary Roach
ISBN : 3499627906
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Wenn es beim äMüssenä mal daneben geht, 14 Tage bei minimaler Hygiene im Raumanzug, seltsam anmutende Stresstests wie das Falten von Kranichen, Flüge im äKotzbomberä, Belastungstests an lebenden und toten Objekten u.a.: salopper und oft ironischer Blick hinter die Kulissen der Hochglanzraumfahrt.

Postkarten Vom Mars

Author : Jim Bell
ISBN : 3827419697
Genre : Science
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Der Mars - eine fremde Welt, viele Millionen Kilometer von uns entfernt. Aber die Raumsonden Spirit und Opportunity haben den Roten Planeten erreicht und unglaubliche Bilder von dessen Oberfläche zur Erde zurückgesandt. Dieses Buch präsentiert die eindrucksvollsten Aufnahmen - planetarische Landschaftsfotografie vom Feinsten! - und begleitet sie mit den spannenden Erläuterungen von Jim Bell, dem leitenden Fotografen der Mission. Ein Text-Bild-Band aus erster Hand im großen Sonderformat. Ein "Wow!"-Buch für alle Astro- und Weltraum-Fans. Die Reise der beiden Roboterfahrzeuge Spirit und Opportunity zum Mars und ihre nun schon viele Jahre währende Kundschaftertätigkeit dort zählen zu den aufregendsten Unternehmungen des modernen Raumfahrtzeitalters. Ihre Landung mit einer verwirrenden Vielfalt wissenschaftlicher Instrumente und je einer einmaligen Stereo-Panoramakamera an Bord war der Höhepunkt von Jahren wissenschaftlicher und technologischer Entwicklungsarbeit. Die Ingenieure hatten erwartet, dass die Kameras auf ihren solarbetriebenen Rovern etwa drei Monate lang Bilder aufnehmen würden. Keiner wagte zu hoffen, dass diese unglaublichen Roboter nach vier Jahren immer noch die Ebenen und Berge des Mars erforschen würden. Bis heute haben sie über 200.000 Bilder nach Hause geschickt; einige benötigten mehrere Tage, bis sie uns durch den Weltraum über die riesige Distanz erreicht haben. Schon zu Beginn der Mission wurde Jim Bell die schwere Aufgabe übertragen, die Welt mit diesen historischen Ansichten zu versorgen. Jedes Farbbild, das vom Mars zur Erde kam, wanderte zuerst durch sein Notebook, bevor es verschickt oder gedruckt wurde. Jetzt hat er die Auswahl und Bearbeitung dieser Bilder – manche 20.000 Pixel breit – für das großformatige Jahrhundertbuch, das sie verdienen, fertiggestellt. Für die deutsche Ausgabe hat Jim Bell nicht nur ein neues Nachwort verfasst, sondern auch 5 spektakuläre neue Aufnahmen vom Mars aus den letzten Monaten (bis Juli 2007!) hinzugefügt. Vier der atemberaubendsten hyperrealistischen Panoramabildern sind auf großartigen, mehr als einen Meter breiten ausklappbaren Seiten gedruckt. Doch auch Fotos von Mikroskopkameras sind in dem Band zu sehen: Sie zeigen Nahaufnahmen von fremdartigen und doch vertrauten Felsen und Böden, über die die Rover Spirit und Opportunity gerollt sind. Nie zuvor hat ein menschliches Werkzeug so tiefschürfende Gedanken über unseren Platz im Universum in uns ausgelöst. Postkarten vom Mars ist ein Meisterstück sowohl der Kunst als auch der Wissenschaft. Zum ersten Mal, seit es Leben auf der Erde gibt, können wir erfahren, wie es ist, auf der Oberfläche eines anderen Planeten zu sein. Jim Bells Buch eröffnet uns dieses einmalige Fenster in Zeit und Raum. "An amazing picture book by the man in charge of the rover mission cameras on the planet's surface. The first book to give a real experience of being on another planet."

Zur Ck In Unsere Zukunft Vorw Rts In Die Vergangenheit

Author : Bob Frissell
ISBN : 389539260X
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Der Krieg Der Welten

Author : H. G. Wells
ISBN : 9783849649586
Genre : Fiction
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