The Real Mars

The Real Mars

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Illustrated throughout, this work contains surface and orbital images from Spirit, Opportunity, Mars Express, the Hubble Space Telescope and Earth-based observations - plus historic images depicting Mars in fiction and mythology, movie images, and drawings that adorned the pulp sci-fi stories of the 1930s.
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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 258 x 264 x 34mm | 1,719.13g
  • Constable
  • London, United Kingdom
  • colour illustrations
  • 1841196371
  • 9781841196374

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Getting to Mars is never going to be easy. The Red Planet lies over 35 million miles away, so anyone setting off would need a pretty powerful rocket, a great deal of food and a very long novel. Two novels if they ever hoped to make it back. There is also the matter of local amenities. Visitors might struggle to find water to drink, air to breathe or blankets to protect them on chilly evenings. But perhaps the biggest obstacle to inter-planetary travel, as Michael Hanlon observes, is politics. For the race to explore, visit and exploit the Martian landscape is as much governed by Earthly power struggles, empires and rival ideologies as it is by the laws of astrophysics. The reasons we have not yet been to Mars, explains Micheal Hanlon, include not only the technological challenges but also the Vietnam War, the death of President Kennedy and the end of the Cold War. Hanlon finds time to explore the ability of mars to inspire artists: H.G. Wells, Stanley Kubrick and Tim Burton to name but a few. In focussing on the events which take place on Earth, Hanlon manages to bring Mars much closer to home. The book does contain enough science to satisfy your average Trekkie, but not so much as to deter the amateur enthusiast. A well researched account with an impressive list of colaborators and a refreshing new take on the topic of space travel. (Kirkus UK)
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