MARS – A COSMIC STEPPING STONE

Uncovering Humanity’s Cosmic Context

Kevin Nolan

MARS – A COSMIC STEPPING STONE Why Mars Matters
At the heart of this book is the idea that the Red Planet is critically important as an object of exploration because it is a stepping stone - certainly outward, to the universe around us, but even more importantly inward, into the deepest questions we can pose about our own creation and the very nature of life. Nolan points out in inspiring and provocative detail how the special qualities of our planetary neighbor provide us with unique opportunities and compelling rationales for exploration:

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Acronyms
Prologue

  1. Life in the Universe
  2. The Origin of Life on Earth
  3. From Antiquity to the Canals
  4. Viking
  5. The Legacy of Viking
  6. Mars: A Cosmic Stepping Stone
  7. A Grand Plan
  8. The Search for Life: A Planetary Perspective
  9. The Search for Life: Water and the Atmosphere
  10. The Search for Life: Past and Present
  11. A Global Strategy
  12. Global Programs
  13. First Steps: Pathfinder
  14. Mars Reconnaissance
  15. Spirit and Opportunity
  16. A Paradigm Shift
  17. Next Steps
  18. Because It’s There
  19. Planetary Protection
  20. A Human Mission to Mars
  21. Our Life in the Universe
Suggested reading
Suggested websites
Index


Extent: 388 pages, two 16-page colour sections
Binding: Casebound & Jacketed
Published: 2008
ISBN: 978-0-387-34164-4



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