Mission: Mars

Join award-winning science writer John Hamilton as he investigates Mars, describing its hold on humankind’s imagination and exploring the latest scientific efforts to unveil its many mysteries.

Mission: Mars tells the story of the Red Planet, from ancient folklore to modern orbiters and rovers surveying its dusty surface. Every mission is covered, from the Mariner orbiters to the Viking landers, from the Curiosity rover to future Mars colonies. Vital information about the planet includes its geology, atmosphere, gravity, and orbit. Also covered are geographical wonders such as Valles Marineris (the Grand Canyon of Mars) and Olympus Mons (the largest volcano in the solar system), as well as major craters, icy poles, and Mars’s two moons, Phobos and Deimos.

Why is Mars named for the Roman god of war? Did people really think Earth was being invaded by Martians during Orson Welles’ War of the Worlds radio broadcast of 1938? What is the truth behind the mysterious “Face of Cydonia” on the surface of Mars? These questions and more are answered in these inspiring—and sometimes humorous—stories of myth, science, and exploration.

Mission: Mars is based on the bestselling hardcover series, now updated, expanded, and combined into a single-volume ebook for the first time. As American Library Association Booklist said about John Hamilton’s The Space Race (the previous book in the Destination Outer Space series) “… readers will find themselves immersed in the excitement.” Perfect for school reports, but also a thrilling book for anyone interested in space, young or old.

In this 30,000-word exploration of Mars, you’ll discover:

• The impact of Mars on modern culture, including H.G. Wells’ classic The War of the Worlds, Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece The Martian Chronicles, and modern works such as Andy Weir’s The Martian.

• The promise—and challenge—of terraforming Mars.

• The fleet of orbiters sending jaw-dropping images of the Red Planet’s surface.

• More than 100 breathtaking images from NASA’s archives.

• Diagrams and detailed maps.

• The search for water and microbial life.

• NASA’s Orion and Space Launch System, which may one day take humans to Mars.

• Glossary and Timeline.

• Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.

• And much, much more!

Mission: Mars is thoroughly researched and easy to read. Own your own copy to discover the allure, tragedies, and triumphs of the mysterious Red Planet!