Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration

| March 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

The great red planet has always fascinated us and the most likely reason for that is that it is both one of the closest planets and one of those planets that might have had suitable conditions of sustaining life at some point in its history. Naturally, due to these reasons, Mars became a popular destination for space exploration.

Author: Roger Wiens

Hardcover: 256 pages

Publisher: Basic Books (March 12, 2013)

ISBN-10: 0465055982

ISBN-13: 978-0465055982

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The exploration of Mars started back in 1600’s with the discovery of a telescope. With ever increasing telescope strengths, new speculations about the conditions on Mars arose.  At one point it was even believed that not only there was life on Mars, but there was a great civilization established there, the proof of which were the great Mars canals.

Naturally, with the beginning of the space age, another important step was made in the history of Mars exploration — robotic exploration.  And, as you might have guessed already, this is what the new book by Roger Wiens is all about.

Roger Wien is the Principal Investigator for ChemCam — an instrument used in the Curiosity rover to investigate the rocks and the soil of the red planet. For more than 10 years Wien has worked on the concept of ChemCham, which makes him a perfect author for such a book.

So the “Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity” tells the story of the robotic space exploration, including the newest mission — a one-ton nuclear-powered space laboratory called “Curiosity”. Wien, who is a veteran of numerous robotic NASA missions, leads the readers through the long journey starting with the creation of Curiosity and culminating in the flight to Mars.

But don’t get the wrong impression, the “Red Rover” is not a pale collection of facts — it is a personal story of a man, who spend long years in the  center of action of space exploration. And throughout this story, Wien also captures the the trials and triumphs of modern space science. So if you are interested in space science and space exploration, this book is a must-read.

 

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