Mars Book


The Mars book page has various books that cover various topics related to Mars on exploration, history, spacecraft, landers and more.

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Mission to Mars Buzz Aldrin Book

Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration by Buzz Aldrin (Author), Leonard David (Author). (May 2015)
Can Astronauts reach Mars by 2035? Absolutely, says Buzz Aldrin, one of the first men to walk on the moon. Celebrated astronaut, brilliant engineer, best-selling author, Aldrin believes it is not only possible, but vital to America’s future to keep pushing the space frontier outward for the sake of exploration, science, development, commerce and security.

Curiosity Rover Mission

Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen by Pyle Rod (August 2014)
Author provides a behind the scenes look into Curiosity, the unmanned Mars rover that is now providing researchers with amazing information about the red planet.

Mars Curiosity Rover BookMars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity’s Chief Engineer by Rob Manning (Author), William L. Simon (Author) (October 2014)
Curiosity’s Chief Engineer, Rob Manning fascinating personal account includes information from his exclusive interviews with leading Curiosity scientists. The Mars Book is packed with tales of revolutionary feats of science, technology and engineering.

Destination Mars Book

Destination Mars: New Explorations of the Red Planet by Rod Pyle (May 2012)
NASA, the European Space Agency are planning missions to Mars. Exciting times ahead for Mars exploration. The author looks into the amazing projects now being developed by NASA and abroad to visit the red planet. The author provides stunning insights into the history of Mars exploration and the difficulties and dangers of traveling there. 

Marswalk One Book

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.

Mars Exploring Book

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

Exploration and colonization of Mars 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.

Roving Mars Book

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.

Imagining Mars Book

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

For centuries, 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. 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 study is perfect for science fiction fans and readers of popular science.

Mars Guide Book

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

Zubrin Book

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 Book

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.

Packing for Mars BookPacking for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in Space by 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.

Three Mars novels (trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson recommended to read in series:
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Other Mars Books

Entering Space: Creating a Spacefaring Civilization by Robert Zubrin (August 2000)

Mapping Mars: Science, Imagination, and the Birth of a World by Oliver Morton (October 2002)

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

Mars: The Nasa Mission Reports, Vol. 1 by Robert Godwin (July 2003)
Mars: The Nasa Mission Reports, Vol. 2 (Apogee Books Space Series) by Robert Godwin (April 2004) From

Mars : Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet by Paul Raeburn (August 1998)

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)

Sojourner: An Insider’s View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission by Andrew Mishkin (December 2003)

The Cydonia Controversy: The History, Science, and Implications of the Discovery of Artificial Structures on Mars by Mark Carlotto

The Mars Mystery : The Secret Connection Between Earth and the Red Planet by Graham Hancock (June 1999)

Magnificent Mars by Ken Croswell (December 2003)

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

The Mars Pathfinder Approach to “Faster-Better-Cheaper” by Price Pritchett, Brian K. Muirhead (March 1998)

The Monuments of Mars: A City on the Edge of Forever (5th Edition) by Richard C. Hoagland (September 2001)

On to Mars: Colonizing a New World (Apogee Books Space Series) by Robert Zubrin (Compiler), Frank Crossman (Compiler)(August 2002)
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The Mars Project by Wernher Von Braun (August 2003)

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