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Planet Mars

Story of Another World

Authors: Forget, François, Costard, François, Lognonné, Philippe

  • Details the processes and phenomena that make up the history, geology and climate of planet Mars
  • Professional scientific specialists of Mars explain the exploration and possibility of life on the planet
  • Incorporates all the recent results from Mars Express, Spirit and Opportunity
  • Provides a unique selection of pictures, some previously unpublished, and schematic drawings
  • Gives a new insight of our knowledge of Mars, focusing on its past and present evolution
  • Describes current research to prepare for future missions to Mars
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Mars, like planet Earth, is a complex and vast world with a long history. The authors of this book give a new insight of Mars by adopting an original outline based on history rather than on subtopic (atmosphere, surface, interior). They focus on the past and present evolution of Mars and also incorporate all the recent results from the space missions of Mars Express, Spirit and Opportunity.

This book goes to the heart of current planetological research, and illustrates it with many beautiful images. The authors describe the magnificent scenery on Mars including Olympus Mons, more than 20,000 metres high and the solar system’s biggest volcano. At Mars’ poles, glaciers, formed from thousands of fine strata, are evidence of past climatic fluctuations. Drs Forget and Costard and Professor Lognonné introduce a new world and reveal the workings of the planet Mars. They answer the questions: How was Mars formed? Why has its evolution followed a different path to that of Earth? What do its river beds, volcanoes and glaciers tell us about its past? Could life have existed there? Does it exist there now? What processes ‘drive’ Mars today?

The five parts of the book trace the history of Mars. Part 1 examines its formation from the ashes of dead stars, more than 4·5 billion years ago. Part 2 travels through its early and turbulent youth and gradual, 3·5-billion-year long metamorphosis. Part 3 traces the creation of great planetary structures while Part 4 explores this active planet as it is today, with its dust storms, water features and atmosphere, and shows that Mars is subject to continual climatic change. Finally in Part 5, the story of the recent exploration of Mars and current research in laboratories and space agencies in preparation for the missions of the next twenty years is recounted.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This would be an excellent book to give someone who is interested in Mars … . Translated from the French, it could be enjoyed by a layperson or undergraduate planetary science student. Richly illustrated and containing many pictures from contemporary missions – the two Mars rovers and operating trio of NASA and ESA orbiters – the scientific findings are presented in a succinct, yet easy to follow format. The book is well laid-out and the use of illustrations has been especially thoughtful." (Malcolm Smith, Astronomy Now, April, 2008)

"Today, Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor is better understood, and this book takes observational surveys and photographic evidence from the Martian surface to give a clear and factual look at this dynamic planet. … They emphasize recent discoveries of Mars’s current atmospheric and climatologic conditions. This coverage is timely, and the intriguing photographic evidence offers an in-depth look at the relentless controversy of liquid water (and life!) once flowing over the Martian surface. … Includes colorful illustrations. Summing Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates." (L. R. Johnston, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (10), June, 2008)

"This book provides an overview of the current understanding of the past and present state of Mars, and a brief introduction to the planet. … would serve very well as an introductory resource at the undergraduate level. … provides a superb overview on most topics regarding Mars, and it manages to do so without going into a level of detail that would be considered necessary for a specialist in the topic. For a budding planetary scientist, undergraduate, or amateur, this is definitely a recommended read." (Alex Leatherland, EOS, Vol. 90 (19), May, 2009)


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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Planet Mars
Book Subtitle
Story of Another World
Authors
Series Title
Popular Astronomy
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Praxis
Copyright Holder
Praxis
Softcover ISBN
978-0-387-48925-4
Series ISSN
2626-8760
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 229
Additional Information
Jointly published with Praxis Publishing
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