THE ROCK FROM MARS A DETECTIVE STORY ON TWO PLANETS

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The Rock From Mars

Author : Kathy Sawyer
ISBN : 1588365271
Genre : Science
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In this riveting book, acclaimed journalist Kathy Sawyer reveals the deepest mysteries of space and some of the most disturbing truths on Earth. The Rock from Mars is the story of how two planets and the spheres of politics and science all collided at the end of the twentieth century. It began sixteen million years ago. An asteroid crashing into Mars sent fragments flying into space and, eons later, one was pulled by the Earth’s gravity onto an icy wilderness near the southern pole. There, in 1984, a geologist named Roberta Score spotted it, launching it on a roundabout path to fame and controversy. In its new home at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, the rock languished on a shelf for nine years, a victim of mistaken identity. Then, in 1993, the geochemist Donald “Duck” Mittlefehldt, unmasked the rock as a Martian meteorite. Before long, specialist Chris Romanek detected signs of once-living organisms on the meteorite. And the obscure rock became a rock star. But how did nine respected investigators come to make such startling claims about the rock that they triggered one of the most venomous scientific battles in modern memory? The narrative traces the steps that led to this risky move and follows the rippling impact on the scientists’ lives, the future of space exploration, the search for life on Mars, and the struggle to understand the origins of life on Earth. From the second the story broke in Science magazine in 1996, it spawned waves of excitement, envy, competitive zeal, and calculation. In academia, in government agencies, in laboratories around the world, and even in the Oval Office–where an inquisitive President Clinton had received the news in secret– players of all kinds plotted their next moves. Among them: David McKay, the dynamic geologist associated with the first moon landing, who labored to achieve at long last a second success; Bill Schopf of UCLA, a researcher determined to remain at the top of his field and the first to challenge McKay’s claims; Dan Goldin, the boss of NASA; and Dick Morris, the controversial presidential adviser who wanted to use the story for Clinton’s reelection and unfortunately made sure it ended up in the diary of a $200-an-hour call girl. Impeccably researched and thrillingly involving, Kathy Sawyer’s The Rock from Mars is an exemplary work of modern nonfiction, a vivid account of the all-too-human high-stakes drive to learn our true place in the cosmic scheme. From the Hardcover edition.
Category: Science

Mars

Author : Markus Hotakainen
ISBN : 0387765085
Genre : Science
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This absorbing book tells the story of Mars since the dawn of mankind's curiosity for celestial wonders. It covers everything, right from our ancient beliefs, through the revolution in our concepts of the cosmos around us in the 1600s, to the present day knowledge and beyond. It takes the reader on a journey all the way to the futuristic visions of science fiction and terraformed Mars with conditions suitable to Earth life. The story is told in a readable form with an absence of technical jargon. The text is supported by informative imagery and a simple, but inspiring layout with some special features such as a "flip movie" of the rotation of Mars.
Category: Science

The Case For Mars

Author : Robert Zubrin
ISBN : 9781451608113
Genre : Science
File Size : 28.40 MB
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Explains how scientists can use current technology to send humans to Mars; produce fuel and oxygen on the planet's surface; build bases and settlements; and one day terrafor-- or alter the atmosphere of the planet.
Category: Science

Exploration And Engineering

Author : Erik M. Conway
ISBN : 9781421416045
Genre : Science
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Although the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has become synonymous with the United States’ planetary exploration during the past half century, its most recent focus has been on Mars. Beginning in the 1990s and continuing through the Mars Phoenix mission of 2007, JPL led the way in engineering an impressive, rapidly evolving succession of Mars orbiters and landers, including roving robotic vehicles whose successful deployment onto the Martian surface posed some of the most complicated technical problems in space flight history. In Exploration and Engineering, Erik M. Conway reveals how JPL engineers’ creative technological feats led to major breakthroughs in Mars exploration. He takes readers into the heart of the lab’s problem-solving approach and management structure, where talented scientists grappled with technical challenges while also coping, not always successfully, with funding shortfalls, unrealistic schedules, and managerial turmoil. Conway, JPL’s historian, offers an insider’s perspective into the changing goals of Mars exploration, the ways in which sophisticated computer simulations drove the design process, and the remarkable evolution of landing technologies over a thirty-year period. "A masterpiece of research and writing."— Quest: History of Spaceflight Quarterly "A 'must' for any reader of modern astronomy who wants insights into how the lab conducts its research, solves problems, and handle[s] technological challenges."— Midwest Book Review "A great tale of ambition, mishap and recovery, building on extensive archival research and interviews with JPL managers, scientists and engineers, to deliver a detailed overview of each mission's feats and failures... Exploration and Engineering is a great book for everyone seriously interested in the struggles and achievements of JPL as NASA's centre for Mars exploration."— Sky at Night Erik M. Conway is a historian of science and technology at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Atmospheric Science at NASA: A History.
Category: Science

Adventure To The Planet Mars

Author : Carole Marsh
ISBN : 9780635068712
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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Take a fantasy field trip to Mars with Ms. Bogus' funky class - the students discover that each of them has something to bring to the trip to make it fun and survivable. Alpine McAlpine School is all in a dither! The students in Ms. Bogus' class are going on a fantasy field trip to the planet Mars! Join the clever kid, the cluMs.y one, the athlete, the bookworm, and more as they whisk off on an out-of-this-world adventure, learn about Mars, and try to figure out how to get back, older, wiser, sillier, smarter, and well, pretty darn exhausted too! Like all of Carole MarshÕs Mysteries, this mystery incorporates history, geography, culture and cliffhanger chapters that will keep kids begging for more! This mystery includes SAT words, educational facts, fun and humor, built-in book club and activities. Below is the Reading Levels Guide for this book: Grade Levels: 3-6 Accelerated Reader Reading Level: 4.8 Accelerated Reader Points: 2 Accelerated Reader Quiz Number: 120326 Lexile Measure: 770 Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: O Developmental Assessment Level: 34
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Red Planet Blues

Author : Robert J. Sawyer
ISBN : 9781473200098
Genre : Fiction
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Robert J. Sawyer, the author of such 'revelatory and thought-provoking' novels as TRIGGERS and The WWW Trilogy, presents a noir mystery expanded from his HUGO and NEBULA AWARD-nominated novella IDENTITY THEFT and his AURORA AWARD-winning short story 'Biding Time', set on a lawless Mars in a future where everything is cheap, and life is even cheaper ... Alex Lomax is the one and only private eye working the mean streets of New Klondike, the Martian frontier town that sprang up 40 years ago after Simon Weingarten and Denny O'Reilly discovered fossils on the Red Planet. Back on Earth, where anything can be synthesized, the remains of alien life are the most valuable of all collectibles, so shiploads of desperate treasure hunters stampeded to Mars in the Great Martian Fossil Rush. Trying to make an honest buck in a dishonest world, Lomax tracks down killers and kidnappers among the failed prospectors, corrupt cops, and a growing population of transfers - lucky stiffs who, after striking paleontological gold, upload their minds into immortal android bodies. But when he uncovers clues to solving the decades-old murders of Weingarten and O'Reilly, along with a journal that may lead to their legendary mother lode of Martian fossils, God only knows what he'll dig up ...
Category: Fiction

Marswalk One

Author : Shayler David
ISBN : 1846285968
Genre : Science
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MARSWALK ONE: First Steps on a New Planet 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. Understanding the clear benefits of sending a human crew to the surface of Mars, and how these benefits can be seen back on Earth, is the key to sustained long-term public and political support for the programme in terms of cash and commitment. The book accepts that the journey will be made, but does not specify precisely when. Flight time, and how to get to and from the planet are discussed briefly, to understand why the suggested duration spent at Mars is reasonable. The main objective of the work is to look at what science will be done on the surface – supported by orbital operations – and what hardware and technology will be employed to achieve the mission objectives. This analysis is drawn from previous experiences in manned and unmanned space programmes, including Apollo, Skylab, Salyut/Mir, Shuttle and ISS, Viking, Luna/Lunokhod, and recent Mars missions such as Pathfinder and Global Surveyor. In addition, new interviews with key personalities involved in planning Martian exploration, and discussions about current thoughts on what we need to accomplish on Mars when we get there, will provide a lively and thought provoking account that could generate fresh debate. When the decision is finally made to go to Mars, it will be made in the knowledge that most of the world knows why we are going and what benefits mankind will see for the effort. The authors’ primary objective is to begin this understanding.
Category: Science

The Runaway Machine

Author : Lindsay Barrett
ISBN : 9781326950309
Genre : Fiction
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“I can now reveal Exclusively to the Mother Planet and all our watching neighbours out there...Wait for it,. Five, four, three, two, one! Sweet jumping Jupiter! The Androids of Mu!...Yes, you heard it here first, Folks, with Cousin Eddy and Sister Nova. The Androids of Mu! The greatest all-girl Rock band in the entire Universe are on their way here to perform live, Yes, live, in twenty-five chosen venues across the Mother Planet. Fresh from conquering their own planet, this all-girl Martian Rock group are on their way. They’re coming here today! The day ahead awaits and framed thoughts are gaining concentrated attention in Valentine Bone’s brain. Gradually forcing the inner screen clear of the myriads of flooding images, begging and pleading for his urgent attention. The Director-General and the upcoming mission are being hard-wired into the mind...Steeling himself to be catapulted out from the sanctity of this apartment. The order of unbroken chaos beckons.....
Category: Fiction

A Strange Journey

Author : Steven Joseph Sinopoli
ISBN : 9781477164457
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The Hudson River waterfront gave birth to notorious baby gangsters, The River Gang. Steven Joseph Sinopli was amongst the chosen few, learning loyalty and respect at a tender age. His involvement with The River Gang would prove to be a precursory magnet for trouble, as his involvement tested Sinopolis ability to apply these doctrines at each plateau of his spiritual voyage, from advising his Mafia clientele on their next move to comprehending himself and the universe with a deeply profound acceptance. I Astrologer: A Strange Journey, chronicles Sinopolis exploration of self; from growing up poor and hungry to achieving a sated appetite from the luxuries of understanding ones self and those around him, I Astrologer: A Strange Journey is one trip worth taking.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Author : Σόφι Κινσέλλα
ISBN : 9789601665498
Genre : Young Adult Fiction
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Η Όντρεϋ δυσκολεύεται να βγει από το σπίτι. Ακόμα κι εκεί της είναι αδύνατο να βγάλει τα μαύρα γυαλιά της. Και τότε μπαίνει στη ζωή της ξαφνικά ο φίλος του αδερφού της, ο Λάινους. Με το τεράστιο χαμόγελο και τα αστεία σημειώματά του βοηθά σιγά σιγά την Όντρεϋ να βγει από το καβούκι της – και να πάει μέχρι τα Starbucks, για αρχή. Με τον Λάινους στο πλευρό της, η Όντρεϋ αρχίζει να νιώθει ότι μπορεί να κάνει και πάλι τα πράγματα που πριν την έκαναν να παραλύει από φόβο. Και ότι ίσως τελικά να καταφέρει κάποτε να ξαναβρεί τον δρόμο της προς την πραγματική ζωή.Ετοιμάσου να γελάσεις και να ονειρευτείς μαζί με την Όντρεϋ, καθώς ανακαλύπτει ότι, ακόμα κι όταν νιώθεις ότι έχεις χάσει τον εαυτό σου, ο έρωτας μπορεί να σε βρει παντού…
Category: Young Adult Fiction