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6th July 2017





Destination Mars

Author Andrew May


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Staff Pick
Since Matt Damon took to growing potatoes in his leavings on its surface, Mars has become cool again.  This brilliantly informative treatise lays bare the shifts in politics and technology that have dominated the exploration of the planet, celebrates the incredible achievements (and failures) made over the last four decades, and reminds us that there is the possibility of a bright future somewhere.

Mars is back. Suddenly everyone – from Elon Musk to Ridley Scott to Donald Trump – is talking about going to the Red Planet.

When the Apollo astronauts walked on the Moon in 1969, many people imagined Mars would be next. However NASA’s Viking 1, which landed in 1976, was just a robot. The much-anticipated crewed mission failed to materialise, defeated by a combination of technological and political challenges. Four decades after Viking and almost half a century after Apollo technology has improved beyond recognition – as has politics. As private ventures like SpaceX seize centre stage from NASA, Mars has undergone a seismic shift – it’s become the prime destination for future human expansion and colonisation.

But what’s it really like on Mars, and why should anyone want to go there? How do you get there and what are the risks? Astrophysicist and science writer Andrew May answers these questions and more, as he traces the history of our fascination with the Red Planet.

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