Water and the Search for Life on Mars

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ISBN-13:
9780387260204
Einband:
Taschenbuch
Erscheinungsdatum:
01.09.2005
Seiten:
239
Autor:
David Harland
Gewicht:
535 g
Format:
247x172x18 mm
Serie:
Springer Praxis Books / Space Exploration Springer Praxis Books
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

Mars was thought to have been cold, dead and dry for eons, but striking new evidence suggests the planet was relatively warm and wet in geologically recent times, and that even today there are reserves of water frozen beneath the planet's surface. This highly absorbing book relates how NASA and ESA have sought evidence of life on Mars. The author provides a comprehensive account of the recent Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover missions, and describes the planning for the tests carried out by the Viking missions in 1976, with an account of the debate over their results.
Peering at Mars.- A close look.- The Vikings.- What is life?.- A multiplicity of missions.- The water dilemma.- Spirit.- Opportunity.- Future prospects.
Provides a comprehensive account of the recent Spirit and Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover missions.
Relates how NASA/ESA have sought evidence of life on Mars, with the prevailing mood sometimes being optimistic and sometimes pessimistic.

Details an account of the rationale for the tests for life carried out by the Viking missions in 1976, with an account of the debate over their results.

A concise primer for readers wishing to bone up when NASA next sends a lander explicitly to seek life on Mars.

Discusses the nature of life on Mars in terms of the most primitive forms of life on Earth, and reviews the implications of there being life on both planets.

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