|Title:||Voyage to Mars : NASA's search for life beyond Earth|
|Publisher:||[S.l.] : Riverhead Books, 2000|
|ISBN / ISSN / EAN :||978-1-57322-166-5|
|Bibliography note:||Includes bibliographical references and index|
|Subjects:||Manned space flight ; Space flight to Mars ; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration|
Why, when we dream of outer space, do we dream of Mars? What is it about the Red Planet that makes us stop and wonder about life beyond our earthly atmosphere? Generations of scientists have lived in thrall to the possibility that we will one day penetrate the mystery surrounding our closest cousin in the solar system. And now, with recent evidence from NASA that even today water flows freely on Mars's surface, the confirmation that life exists there may not be far behind. We are on the brink of understanding the planet in a way that will forever change our view of the universe.
In "Voyage to Mars", we learn about the obsessions that drive NASA scientists, the personal and professional sacrifices they make, the politics they contend with, and the immense pressures and sleepless nights they endure, as we watch them prepare to launch multimillion-dolar missions with the potential to alter the fate of the universe.
Bergreen's account brings to life the excitement and suspense, the heartaches and triumphs of a mission that is a new variation on the ancient theme of man striving against nature. No area of modern science is more fraught with peril (the success rate for Mars missions is fifty percent), and no quest has a greater reward -to find the origins of life and understand its meaning in the cosmos. "Voyage to Mars" is a fascinating look at the frontiers of scientific inquiry, a story in which NASA's spirited attempt to deliver us to the limits of the known universe has at last been opened to us all.
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|Barcode||Call number||Media type||Location||Section||Status|
|007936||TL799.M3B47 2000||Book||ISU Central Campus library||Main collection||Available|