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Patrick Moore on Mars.
Moore, Patrick.
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London : Cassell ; New York : Distributed in the United States by Sterling Pub. Co., [1998]

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222 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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QB641 .M585 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Patrick Moore reveals the full story of Mars from ancient myths to the Victorian belief in a Martian canal network, and to NASA's current plans to return a sample of Martian soil to earth. This is Mars as it really is. The possibility of life on Mars is examined in the light of the latest evidence. Our acquaintance with Mars is only just beginning.

Author Notes

Patrick Moore was born on March 4, 1923. He is one of the most prolific authors of popular astronomy books. He began publishing astronomy books in 1950 and has been extremely active ever since.

He is director of the lunar section of the British Astronomical Association and was director of the Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland from 1965 to 1968. Moore has been the host of a television program, "The Sky at Night," which appeared first on BBC in April 1957. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1968 for his work in astronomy.

Patrick Moore died December 9, 2012.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Library Journal Review

Moore, a former president of the British Astronomical Association, has written numerous popular books on planetary science and astronomy (Atlas of the Universe, LJ 2/15/99). He has been a presenter of the BBC television program The Sky at Night for over 40 years. In addition, he has been observing and mapping Mars for over half a century. This work replaces his Guide to Mars, first published in 1955 and last updated over 20 years ago. Only the historical material has been retained from the earlier edition. The results of the Mariner, Viking, Pathfinder, Global Surveyor, and other recent missions to the Red Planet are a significant portion of this work. Included are 90 illustrations, 40 in color. This volume will be a very useful source of information about the next focus of manned exploration in space. Anyone with an interest in Mars can learn much from Moore's readable presentation. Recommended for all astronomy collections.ÄDale Ebersole Jr., Univ. of Toledo, Carlson Lib., OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
1 The Red Worldp. 9
2 Mars in the Solar Systemp. 17
3 Eye and Telescopep. 33
4 The Story of the Canalsp. 49
5 Mars Before the Space Agep. 68
6 Mars Through the Telescopep. 88
7 Missions to Marsp. 99
8 Mariner 9--and Othersp. 110
9 Mars from Orbitp. 122
10 The Vikingsp. 134
11 The Search for Lifep. 148
12 Pieces of Mars?p. 156
13 Return to the Red Planetp. 162
14 Phobos and Deimosp. 175
15 The Martian Basep. 186
Appendix I Observing Marsp. 193
Appendix II Oppositions of Marsp. 197
Appendix III Numerical Datap. 198
Appendix IV Space Missions to Marsp. 200
Appendix V Martian Albedo Featuresp. 203
Appendix VI Features on Marsp. 207
Further Readingp. 215
Indexp. 217