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Explores the relationship between the Sun and Mars from the point of view of a planetary scientist, examining the role of Mars as a recorder of the formation of the solar system.

Facts on File

Praise for the previous edition:
"...offer[s] detail-rich discussions...consider for assignment use..."—School Library Journal

Mars exploration has never been more active, and our understanding of the planet is advancing rapidly. New discoveries reveal gullies carved by recent groundwater flow, thick ice deposits protected by rocks and soil even at the equator, and new evidence for lakes and seas in Mars' past. The Martian surface has some of the oldest planetary crust in the solar system, containing clues to conditions in early planets that cannot be obtained elsewhere.

Beginning with a discussion of Mars as a planet in orbit, Mars, Revised Edition covers fundamental facts about this planet, including its mass and size, its seasons and surface effects on the planet, and theories on how the severity of its seasons have changed over time. Featuring up-to-date information and new research, this new, full-color book explores what is known and inferred about the composition and structure of this planet's interior—including theories of planetary formation—as well as discussions of weather, surface conditions, and surface features. The recovery of the Mars program and its new structure are also described in this insightful resource.

Chapters include:

  • Mars: Fast Facts about a Planet in Orbit
  • Planetary Evolution and the Martian Interior
  • The Visible Planet
  • Life on Mars?
  • Moons
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter: A Study in Mission Planning and Science Achievements
  • Missions
  • Conclusions: The Known and the Unknown.

Publisher: New York : Facts on File, [2011]
Edition: Revised edition
Copyright Date: ©2011
ISBN: 9780816076994
Branch Call Number: 523.43 Elkins-Tanton 2011
Characteristics: xxi, 274 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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