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Astronomy - Popular Astronomy | Mars - From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries


From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries

Hotakainen, Markus

2009, XVII, 256p. 108 illus., 54 illus. in color.

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  • Up-to-date information and imagery closely related to the text
  • Very readable text with no math nor scientific jargon
  • A true "biography" of Mars and the knowledge we have gained on the Red Planet
  • Book received the annual State Award for Public Information granted by the Ministry of Education

Mars has always been shrouded in mystery. It is very difficult to resolve through a telescope. For many centuries it remained just a reddish blur in the sky. Even in ancient times, its blood-red color evoked fear and gave rise to myths and legends that are still with us today.

Over the centuries, bits and pieces of data on Mars have accumulated, and as more probes have made their way to the Red Planet, its veil of mystery is falling away. Nearly every week we are seeing exciting new pictures of Mars and learning more about its geology, weather, and history.

What do we actually know about Mars? Is it different from what people once thought they knew about Mars? Is there water on Mars? Is there possibly life that we have missed? What would it be like to live on Mars? What resources are there? Can Mars be terraformed to make it habitable for humans?

Markus Hotakainen’s engrossing tale of Mars: From Myth and Mystery to Recent Discoveries will fill you in and entertain you with unbelievable stories that were once believed about Mars. We have come a long way in knowing our neighbor in space. Join Markus on this journey from myth to reality, and find out what we do know about Mars, and what is still a mystery.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » History of Mars - Mars book - Mars discoveries - Martian landscapes - Planet - Solar System - award winning Mars book - solar

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Geophysics & Geodesy - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

Fourth Rock from the Sun.- God of War, Heavenly Body.- Martian Canal Engineers.- Planetary Ups and Downs.- Unidentical Twins.- The New Mars.- Museum of Water.- Dead or Alive?.- Gallery Mars.- Fear and Panic.- One Really Giant Leap.- Green Thumbs of the Red Planet.- Little Green Persons.- Mars Rocks!.

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