4th rock from the sun

the story of Mars

«An easy and thoroughly enjoyable read with a friendly chatty style, and it manages to pack in an awful lot of information.. . Sky at Night»

Mars is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie's extra-terrestrial spiders to H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. The red planet has inspired hundreds of scientists, authors and filmmakers - but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing?

Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, and astrologers found meaning in the planet's dance through the sky. Les mer
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Mars is ingrained in our culture, from David Bowie's extra-terrestrial spiders to H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. The red planet has inspired hundreds of scientists, authors and filmmakers - but why? What is it about this particular planet that makes it so intriguing?

Ancient mythologies defined Mars as a violent harbinger of war, and astrologers found meaning in the planet's dance through the sky. Stargazers puzzled over Mars's unfamiliar properties; some claimed to see canals criss-crossing its surface, while images from early spacecraft showed startling faced and pyramids carved out of rusty rock. Did Martians exist? If so, were they intelligent, civilised beings?

We now have a better understanding of Mars: its red hue, small moons, atmosphere (or lack of it), and mysterious past. Robots have trundled across the planet's surface, beaming back astonishing views of the alien landscape and seeking clues on how it has evolved. While little green Martians are now firmly the preserve of literature, evidence is growing that the now arid, frozen planet was once warmer, wetter, and possibly thronging with microbial life. Soon, we may set food on the planet. What challenges are involved, and how are we preparing for them? Is there a future for humanity on Mars?

In 4th Rock from the Sun, Nicky Jenner reviews Mars in its entirety, exploring its nature, attributes, potential as a human colony and impact on 3rd Rock-culture - everything you need to know about the Red Planet.

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«An easy and thoroughly enjoyable read with a friendly chatty style, and it manages to pack in an awful lot of information.. . Sky at Night»

«4th Rock from the Sun is more motivational manifesto than instruction manual ... it serves to inspire the reader to root for this next potential milestone in human history.. . Science»

«A detailed yet bright and breezy guide to our most evocative planetary neighbour. Jenner's book provides a whirlwind tour of the Red Planet's past, present and possible future. This book is the essential guide to the little planet that looms largest in our collective imagination: Mars.. . Ben Gilliland, science writer and author of How to Build a Universe,»

«A fascinating debut . Jenner nimbly explores humanity's fascination with Mars.. . Shelf Life»

«Nicky Jenner's enthusiasm and humour are infectious, keeping the reader captivated even while she discusses serious subject. Even the least passionate of readers will fall in love with Mars by the end of the book.. . Popular Astronomy»

Innholdsfortegnelse

1 Mars Fever
2 Earthlings on Mars
3 Pop culture Mars
4 Mars in Sci-Fi
5 Mars and the History of Science
6 The Martian Story
7 Martian Moons
8 Pranks and Hoaxes
9 Life on Mars?
10 Robot Cars on Mars
11 Why Mars?
12 The Martian future

Om forfatteren

Nicky Jenner is a science writer and editor. Her work has appeared in a variety of international magazines, including New Scientist, Nature, BBC Sky at Night, Physics World and Astronomy Now. She writes and edits for the European Space Agency, European Southern Observatory (the organisation responsible for both the Very Large Telescope and the upcoming European Extremely Large Telescope), and the Hubble Space Telescope, for which she was formerly the European press officer. Nicky lives in Bristol, UK.

nickyjenner.com / @nickyjenner1