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NASA Mars Rovers Manual
1997-2013 (Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity)

Av David Baker

NASA Mars Rovers Manual is packed with facts and figures about the four roving vehicles that have landed on Mars and built a fascinating picture of a world that has changed dramatically since it formed more than 4.5 billion years ago.

With more than 300 images and technical illustrations, this detailed story of three generations of Mars rover provides a comprehensive description of Mars exploration, together with the orbiters and landers that have transformed our view of the Red Planet.

In 1997, the first roving vehicle on Mars trundled around within a few yards of its parent lander, followed six years later by two more, each the size of shopping trolleys.

Since August 2012, there has been a much more advanced vehicle driving across the surface of Mars. Called Curiosity, it is the size of a small SUV, packed with scientific equipment, instruments, tools, sensors and cameras, digging and drilling into the surface at a place scientists believe was under water billions of years ago.

This is a place than can tell us a great deal about the early history of Mars and the prospects that it may once have supported primitive life.

Innehåller bland annat:

  • Curiosity, the most recent Mars rover, landed successfully on 6 August 2012 and is already providing fascinating findings.
  • Besides Curiosity, two previous generations of Mars rover are covered.
  • Details the concept, development, design, hardware and engineering of these machines.
  • Launch, landing and the first few months of operation of Curiosity.
  • The first flights to Mars - Mariner 4's fly-by mission provided 21 pictures.
  • How our understanding of Mars - and advances in technology - have changed over the decades.
  • What we hope to discover in the future.
  • A projection of how humans could one day step foot on the Red Planet.

Om författaren: Dr David Baker worked with NASA between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 90 books on space science, engineering and technology and on the politics of the space programme, serving seven years as the editor of Jane's Space Directory. In 1987 he was elected a member of the prestigious International Academy of Astronautics and is a Fellow of the British Interplanetary Society. David has made numerous TV appearances and is regularly interviewed by media stations around the world. He is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society.

ISBN:  9780857333704
Bok NR:  H5370
Språk:  Engelska

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