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Heather Couper & Nigel Henbest - Mars (2nd Hand Hardback)

SKU B002203

The authors look at how our knowledge of our nearest planetary neighbour - Mars - has grown, and assess the role it might play in our futures.

They look at the old myths associated with Mars, the fears of Martian invasions, and take the story up to date to show what we now know about the planet in the aftermath of the 1996 meteorite that may provide evidence for life and from the discoveries of the recent probes. They also assess whether Mars could form a crucial stopping point for further exploration.

Award-winning science writers Heather Couper and Nigel Henbest have gained unique behind-the-scenes access to top Mars experts around the world and uncovered overwhelming optimism in the belief that there is life on Mars today.

In a story packed with startling revelations, overturned assumptions and breathtakingly ingenious ideas, they explore the passions of Mars enthusiasts - from building colonies in the planet's arctic wastes to devising ways of protecting Earth from possible contamination by Martian bugs.

The Red Planet is awakening new dreams and new challenges.  A growing band of scientists and visionaries is planning the first human expedition to Mars; their ultimate goal - to transform the Red Planet into another green Earth. 

  • Format : Large, Heavy 2nd Hand Hardback with Dust Jacket
  • Condition : Very Good
  • Category : Non-Fiction - Geography, Earth Sciences & Space
  • Published : 2001 (Headline Books - 1st Edition, 1st Printing)
  • ISBN : 9780747235439
  • SKU : B002203
  • PPC : SP1300gm
  • RRP : £25.00
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

Full colour, glossy and fully illustrated.

External Reviews

"Loved this book, it would be totally engrossing for any child interested in space" - Goodreads Review.

The Authors

Heather Anita Couper, CBE FInstP FRAS was a British astronomer, broadcaster and science populariser. After studying astrophysics at the University of Leicester and researching clusters of galaxies at Oxford University, Couper was appointed senior planetarium lecturer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

Nigel Henbest FRAS is a British astronomer, born in Manchester and educated in Northern Ireland and at Leicester University, where he studied physics, chemistry and astronomy. He did postgraduate research at the University of Cambridge before becoming a freelance science writer.