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Imagining Mars: A Literary History (Early Classics of Science Fiction) (Hardcover) by Robert Crossley (Author) (January 2011)

For centuries, the planet Mars has captivated astronomers and inspired writers of all genres. Whether imagined as the symbol of the bloody god of war, the cradle of an alien species or a possible new home for human civilization, our closest planetary neighbor has played a central role in how we think about ourselves in the universe. From Galileo to Kim Stanley Robinson, Robert Crossley traces the history of our fascination with the red planet as it has evolved in literature both fictional and scientific. Crossley focuses specifically on the interplay between scientific discovery and literary invention, exploring how writers throughout the ages have tried to assimilate or resist new planetary knowledge. Covering texts from the 1600s to the present, from the obscure to the classic, Crossley shows how writing about Mars has reflected the desires and social controversies of each era. This elegant study is perfect for science fiction fans and readers of popular science.


Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Spaceby Mary Roach (August 2010)

Space is devoid of the stuff humans need to live: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh veg, privacy, beer. How much can a person give up? What happens when you can't walk for a year? Is sex any fun in zero gravity? What's it like being cooped up in a metal box with a few people for months at a time? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to explore space without ever leaving Earth. From the space shuttle training toilet to a 17,000 mile-per-hour crash test of NASA's space capsule (cadaver stepping in), she takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of living in space.


Mars 3-D: A Rover's-Eye View of the Red Planet (Hardcover) by Jim Bell (Author) (November 2008)

What would it be like to visit Mars?  Thanks to 120 stunning 3-D and color images shot by Spirit and Opportunity Rovers, we can come along—and right now, it’s the closest we can get to actually setting foot on Mars. These super-realistic pictures pop off the page, allowing us to see for ourselves the rocks, craters, valleys and other geologic configurations that define the Martian terrain. Compelling and accessible text guides us on this exhilarating tour, revealing the thrill of each discovery, along with the perils and near misses. Featuring a fold-out flap with embedded 3-D viewer (which actually allows customers to view the three-dimensional images right in the store), it’s the perfect gift for any armchair astronomer.


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Planet Mars: Story of Another World by François Forget, François Costard, Philippe Lognonné (August 2007)

Gives 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.


Marswalk One : First Steps on a New Planet (Paperback) by David J. Shayler (Editor), Andrew Salmon (Editor), Michael D. Shayler (Editor) (August 2005)

Marswalk One addresses the question of why we should embark on a journey to Mars, documenting what the first human crew will do when they place their feet in the red dust of the planet. The book also addresses why we need to carry out these tasks and, more importantly, what a human crew could achieve that an automated mission could not.


On to Mars 2: Exploring and Settling a New World by Dr. Frank Crossman (Editor), Dr. Robert Zubrin (Editor) (September 2005)

The exploration and colonization of Mars, as discussed in the more than 130 papers and essays from the Mars Society's annual conferences, is presented in this second volume of the On to Mars series. Formed in 1998 to support the exploration and settlement of Mars, the Mars Society seeks to educate and convince political powers, industry leaders, and the public about the necessity of committing resources to the development of a Mars settlement program. Covering recent technological and planning advances, these essays cover the last three years of Mars Society meetings and discuss such topics as habitat infrastructure, exploration technique, and colony organization as they have been explored at the Mars Society's Analog Research Stations at Devon Island, Nunavuit in Canada and in Hanksville, Utah.


Space Book on Mars Rovers

Roving Mars: Spirit, Opportunity, and the Exploration of the Red Planet
by Steve Squyres  (August 2005)

NASA's two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which are currently driving around Mars, have been astoundingly successful. Cornell University scientist Steve Squyres is the principal investigator on the Mars missions that landed the rovers Spirit and Opportunity in January 2004.

Magnificent Mars

Magnificent Mars by Ken Croswell (December 2003)

Ken Croswell presents the red planet's full glory, showing volcanoes taller than Mount Everest, spiral-shaped polar caps of ice, and a canyon system that could stretch from Ohio to California. The latest research on Mars is accompanied with the very best full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope, Viking, Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey, and other spacecraft.


Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet

A Traveler's Guide to Mars: The Mysterious Landscapes of the Red Planet by William K. Hartmann (August 2003)

Incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them. From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society began the virtual exploration of Mars through a series of unique missions.


The Case for Mars : The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zubrin, Richard Wagner (November 1997)

The Case for Mars is not a vision for the far future or one that will cost us impossible billions. It explains step-by-step how we can use present-day technology to send humans to Mars within ten years; actually produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface with Martian natural resources; how we can build bases and settlements; and how we can one day "terraform" Mars - a process that can alter the atmosphere of planets and pave the way for sustainable life.


Expedition Mars

Expedition Mars: How Are We Going to Get to Mars by Martin J. L. Turner (January 2004)

The book shows how modern technologies not only make such a journey possible, but that advances in those technologies will make it more probable, and that the first human mission to Mars will happen within our lifetime. The very latest rocket propulsion and spacecraft technology, and planned developments in nuclear and electric propulsion technologies, are the key factors which will enable a human expedition to Mars to take place.


Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic

 

Mars on Earth: The Adventures of Space Pioneers in the High Arctic by Robert Zubrin (September 2003)

Incredible true story of a group of determined space voyagers who wouldn't wait for the space program to catch up with them. From 1999 to 2002, the stalwarts of the Mars Society began the virtual exploration of Mars through a series of unique missions.


Three Mars novels (trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson recommended to read in series:
 - Red Mars from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca
 - Green Mars from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca
 - Blue Mars from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Other Space and Astronomy Books

Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization by Robert Zubrin (August 2000)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World by Oliver Morton (October 2002)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Mars: The Nasa Mission Reports, Vol. 1 by Robert Godwin (July 2003)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Mars: The Nasa Mission Reports, Vol. 2 (Apogee Books Space Series) by Robert Godwin (April 2004) 
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Mars : Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet by Paul Raeburn (August 1998)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Nothing in This Book Is True, but It's Exactly How Things Are: The Esoteric Meaning of the Monuments on Mars by Bob Frissell (January 2003)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

Sojourner: An Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission by Andrew Mishkin (December 2003)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

The Cydonia Controversy: The History, Science, and Implications of the Discovery of Artificial Structures on Mars by Mark Carlotto
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

The Mars Mystery : The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock (June 1999)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

The Mars Pathfinder Approach to "Faster-Better-Cheaper" by Price Pritchett, Brian K. Muirhead (March 1998) 
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever (5th Edition) by Richard C. Hoagland (September 2001)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca

On to Mars: Colonizing a New World (Apogee Books Space Series) by Robert Zubrin (Compiler), Frank Crossman (Compiler) (August 2002)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.Ca

The Mars Project by Wernher Von Braun (August 2003)
From Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca


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