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The planet Mars : a history of observation & discovery

Author: William Sheehan
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this timely and vividly written account, William Sheehan traces human fascination with Mars back to the naked-eye observers of the planet. He recalls the early telescopic observers who first made out enigmatic markings and polar caps on its surface. Through lively historical anecdotes, he describes in detail the debate over the so-called canals of Mars, which encouraged speculation that the planet might be  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sheehan, William, 1954-
Planet Mars.
Tucson : University of Arizona Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)624441178
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Sheehan
ISBN: 0816516405 9780816516407 0816516413 9780816516414
OCLC Number: 34114613
Description: x, 270 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Motions of Mars --
Pioneers --
"A situation similar to ours" --
Areographers --
1877 --
Confirmations and controversies --
Lowell --
How the eye interprets --
Opposition 1909 --
The lingering romance --
Spacecraft to Mars --
Mariner 9 --
Vikings, and beyond --
The hurtling moons of Mars --
Observing Mars.
Responsibility: William Sheehan.

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"In this timely and vividly written account, William Sheehan traces human fascination with Mars back to the naked-eye observers of the planet. He recalls the early telescopic observers who first made out enigmatic markings and polar caps on its surface. Through lively historical anecdotes, he describes in detail the debate over the so-called canals of Mars, which encouraged speculation that the planet might be inhabited. Finally, Sheehan describes more recent theories about the planet, leading up to the present, when unmanned spacecraft have enabled us to make giant strides in exploration." "Well documented and sparked with human interest, this book will be a useful companion and guide in interpreting the barrage of headlines about Mars that is sure to come over the next few years. Amateurs will appreciate the contributions that have been made to Martian studies by people like themselves, and professionals will find much original material that has never before been published."--Jacket.

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