Mapping Mars

Mapping Mars

Science, Imagination and the Birth of A World

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
The science writer sheds light on the geologists, scientists, astrophysicists, and other visionaries who are mapping the surface of Mars in anticipation of future visits to the planet by the human race.

McMillan Palgrave
Who are the extraordinary individuals that will take us on the next great space race, the next great human endeavor, our exploration and colonization of the planet Mars? And more importantly, how are they doing it? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton explores the peculiar and fascinating world of the new generation of explorers: geologists, scientists, astrophysicists and dreamers. Morton shows us the complex and beguiling role that mapping will play in our understanding of the red planet, and more deeply, what it means for humans to envision such heroic landscapes. Charting a path from the 19th century visionaries to the spy-satellite pioneers to the science fiction writers and the arctic explorers -- till now, to the people are taking us there -- Morton unveils the central place that Mars has occupied in the human imagination, and what it will mean to realize these dreams.

A pioneering work of journalism and drama, Mapping Mars gives us our first exciting glimpses of the world to come and the curious, bizarre, and amazing people who will take us there.


Holtzbrinck
Who are the extraordinary individuals that will take us on the next great space race, the next great human endeavor, our exploration and colonization of the planet Mars? And more importantly, how are they doing it? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton explores the peculiar and fascinating world of the new generation of explorers: geologists, scientists, astrophysicists and dreamers. Morton shows us the complex and beguiling role that mapping will play in our understanding of the red planet, and more deeply, what it means for humans to envision such heroic landscapes. Charting a path from the 19th century visionaries to the spy-satellite pioneers to the science fiction writers and the arctic explorers -- till now, to the people are taking us there -- Morton unveils the central place that Mars has occupied in the human imagination, and what it will mean to realize these dreams. A pioneering work of journalism and drama, Mapping Mars gives us our first exciting glimpses of the world to come and the curious, bizarre, and amazing people who will take us there.

Blackwell North Amer
Mapping Mars is both a chronicle of the technology that has taken us to the threshold of another planet and a history of the growth of human understanding. It introduces the small band of scientists who are trying to understand the forces that have shaped the face of Mars, to tease apart the earthlike from the alien in these familiar yet distorted landscapes. They are driven both by scientific curiosity and by a more primitive desire to discover what this distant place is really like; of what it would be like to stand under its dusty skies and know it for what it is. They are opening up a new world to the imagination.
Their world is a dramatic one. On Mars the volcano Ascraeus Mons climbs to more than twice the height of Everest; the impact basin Hellas, as wide as Western Europe, plunges deeper than the Pacific; the canyons of Valles Marineris form a scar as broad as a continent. Our maps fill the emptiness with the names of ancient and imagined lands - Olympus, Arcadia, Hesperia - and departed friends - H. G. Wells, Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan.
Only on Mars does Utopia have a latitude and longitude. This is the story of how its measure was taken, and of the men and women inspired to explore it and, eventually, to bring it to life.

Baker
& Taylor

The science writer sheds light on the geologists, scientists, astrophysicists, and other visionaries who are mapping the surface of Mars in anticipation of future visits to the planet by the human race. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Picador, c2002
ISBN: 9780312245511
0312245513
Characteristics: viii, 357 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm

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