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by Stephen James O'Meara
Publication Date: 01/11/2020
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Mars is a small world with a big reputation.

This mysterious, singular planet — with volcanoes that dwarf Mount Everest, a canyon system that would stretch fully across the United States, and curious landscapes that perhaps once harboured water — has fascinated us for centuries.

In the most up-to-date account available of the elusive Red Planet, Stephen James O'Meara follows our longstanding love affair with this unique celestial body, from the musings of humanity's first stargazers to the imaginings of science-fiction writers, radio broadcasters, and filmmakers, to the latest images and discoveries from the Curiosity rover. The book also reviews plans for piloted missions to Mars — and what it will take for those missions to succeed.

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Reaktion Books, Limited
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
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'Presenting the red planet in both fact as well as the many fictions in which it has been featured, and including some of the most up-to-date discoveries from the information collected by the Curiosity rover, this forthcoming book should be of interest to both dedicated astronomers as well as the simply martially curious alike.'
— Well-Read Naturalist
Stephen James O'Meara

Stephen James O'Meara is an award-winning astronomer and author of more than a dozen books, including A Dictionary of Space Exploration (2018).

He is a columnist and editor for Astronomy magazine, associate editor of GeminiFocus, and asteroid 3637 is named O'Meara in his honour.

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