Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789142204 Will Publish December 2020 For sale in North and South America only
An e-book edition will be published.

Mars

Stephen James O'Meara

Mars

Stephen James O'Meara

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224 pages | 100 color plates | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789142204 Will Publish December 2020 For sale in North and South America only
E-book $40.00 ISBN: 9781789142594 Published June 2020 For sale in North and South America only
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 harbored 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.
Contents
1 Communion with Mars
2 The ‘Miniature of Our Earth’
3 Romancing Mars
4 The First Emissaries to Mars
5 Lifting the Curse at Mars
6 Scouting Out Humanity’s Next Home
7 Mars: Our Home Away from Home?
8 The Lilliputian Moons of Mars
9 Observing Mars

Appendix I: Mars Oppositions, 2020–35
Appendix II: Mars Fact Sheet
Appendix III: Mars Missions

References
Bibliography
Acknowledgements
Photo Acknowledgements
Index
Review Quotes
Johannes E. Riutta | Well-Read Naturalist
"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."
Laurence A. Marschall | Natural History
"The raptor-sharp vision of journalist O’Meara is legend among astronomers. In his latest book—the chapter on practical tips for red-planet watchers—he describes sighting Mars in broad daylight during its 2018 close approach to Earth. Less visually endowed observers will still enjoy his finely focused overview of the history of Mars through the ages, with an emphasis on the flood of information received from robotic missions in the past twenty years. . . . Humans have been making plans to join the robotic crew on Mars in the next decade. O’Meara’s book should be required preparatory reading.” 
BBC Sky at Night Magazine
"For readers investigating Mars for the first time, the impressive collection of photographs taken by rovers and orbiters will astonish, and may even make you question if what you are seeing is real. If you've ever wondered about life on Mars or what Martian blueberries look like, O'Meara will provide you with the answers. . . . Mars will appeal to historians, planetary geologists, and anyone with an interest in space and exploration. Five stars."
Daniel W. E. Green, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
"This fascinating book on Mars is written from a unique perspective: O'Meara has been observing Mars visually through telescopes for nearly a half century, and as such he understands well the limits that visual observers of the past have had. Combined with his talent for writing scientific history for the lay person, this has resulted in a book that anybody desiring to learn about the history of the red planet, from ancient times up to our modern spacecraft era, will enjoy."
Popular Science
"This is an excellent book. I suspect that many of the people who buy it—either for themselves or as a gift for someone else—will be attracted more by its stunning array of photographs than anything else. But it would be a shame if readers don’t get into O’Meara’s text too, because it’s packed with fascinating stuff."
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