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Living on Mars : mission to the Red Planet
Cole, Michael D.
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Publication Information:
Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [1999]

Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm.
Describes the landing of Sojourner on Mars, summarizes the history of information gathering missions, and speculates about future plans for explorations of the Red Planet.
Reading Level:
1070 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.8 1.0 30253.
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TL799.M3 C63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL799.M3 C63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Will humans someday live on Mars? The National Aeronautics and Space Administration already has the plans to make it a reality. This reluctant reader book explains how scientists believe we can do it. The plans and designs of possible future space vehicles and habitation modules are described and illustrations from NASA artists help present these plans. How will we prepare for one of the most monumental events of a lifetime, our first human journey to the Red Planet? With exciting detail, Michael D. Cole describes the preparations necessary for the trip to Mars, how astronauts will live on Mars once they get there, and what kind of work they will do.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-6. A look at the man who worked with the ultimate remote control vehicle--the robotic Mars rover Sojourner--opens this book from the Countdown to Space series. Beginning with the exploration of Mars, the discussion turns to why and how astronauts will visit the planet and what they might experience on the journey. Though parts of the book are speculative, they are based on current space science and technology and will lead readers interested in space exploration to look to Mars as a realistic goal. To be illustrated with color photographs, this readable volume will attract the practical dreamers who have an interest in astronomy and space travel. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Half summary account of what we know about Mars from observations and space probes, and half a speculative mission profile for the first crewed expedition that will be sent there, this book sets the stage for one of our space program's next big objectives. The text is backed by endnotes citing almost as many Web sites as print sources, but it often reads like a dry term paper: "Building the equipment and training the people who would go to Mars will cost the countries involved many billions of dollars." The small color photos and artists' conceptions are equally abstract. Already dated by its failure to mention the recently launched Mars Polar Lander, this may be a useful supplementary purchase for deep subject collections, but David Getz's Life on Mars (Holt, 1997) is still preferable for its wider scope and more engaging presentation.-John Peters, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.