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Mapping Mars : science, imagination, and the birth of a world

Author: Oliver Morton
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st U.S. edView all editions and formats
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Who are the extraordinary individuals that will take us on the next great space race, the next great human endeavor, our exploration and colonization of the planet Mars? And more importantly, how are they doing it? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton explores the peculiar and fascinating world of the new generation of explorers: geologists, scientists, astrophysicists and dreamers. Morton shows us the complex and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Maps
Named Person: Mars.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Oliver Morton
ISBN: 0312245513 9780312245511
OCLC Number: 50640257
Description: viii, 357 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1. Maps: Greenwich ; A point of warlike light ; Mert Davies's net ; The Polar lander ; Mariner 9 ; The art of drawing ; The laser altimer --
pt. 2. Histories: Meteor crater ; "A little daft on the subject of the moon" ; An antique land ; Maps and multiple hypotheses ; The artist's eye ; Layers --
pt. 3. Water: Malham ; Mike Carr's Mars ; Reflections ; Shorelines ; The ocean below ; "Common sense and uncommon subtlety" --
pt. 4. Places: Buffalo ; Putting together a place ; The underground ; Bob Zubrin's frontier ; Mapping martians --
pt. 5. Change: Symbols of the future ; Gaia's neighbor ; The undiscover'd country.
Responsibility: Oliver Morton.
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Who are the extraordinary individuals that will take us on the next great space race, the next great human endeavor, our exploration and colonization of the planet Mars? And more importantly, how are they doing it? Acclaimed science writer Oliver Morton explores the peculiar and fascinating world of the new generation of explorers: geologists, scientists, astrophysicists and dreamers. Morton shows us the complex and beguiling role that mapping will play in our understanding of the red planet, and more deeply, what it means for humans to envision such heroic landscapes. Charting a path from the 19th century visionaries to the spy-satellite pioneers to the science fiction writers and the arctic explorers -- till now, to the people are taking us there -- Morton unveils the central place that Mars has occupied in the human imagination, and what it will mean to realize these dreams. A pioneering work of journalism and drama, Mapping Mars gives us our first exciting glimpses of the world to come and the curious, bizarre, and amazing people who will take us there. This pioneering work of journalism and drama by an acclaimed science writer is an eloquent and insightful study of the role that "mapping"--Geography, geology, and blind human ambition--will play in the exploration of Mars. 16-page color insert.

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