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5.0 out of 5 stars Space history, and a look at what we missed, Oct. 30 2001
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Joan Roch (Montréal, Qc Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: MARS The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback)
It's hard to get more technical, but it's exactly what you need if you want to have a look at the technology that was used to conquer that "final frontier", starting about 40 years ago. It was definitly a time where exploration was risky, and NASA was actually willing to risk it.
Those little probes were so rudimentary compared to what we can do now, and yet, they were state-of-the-art machines that were launched one after another to the planets... with equally deceiving and surprising results. When you think that the Viking data is still being used (and the new results are still controversial), it's hard not to be impressed.
Ironically, this book, which may have been a tribute to NASA creativeness, ends up with the Mars Observer, Mars Polar Lander and Mars Climate Orbiter reports, three probes that failed. The failure is definitly not the problem, because most of the Mars probes failed. But NASA attitude has dramatically changed since the first Mariner. A failure was merely a plausible outcome, but now, it's a catastrophy that invokes a complete Mars programme reeavaluation...
And to kill it completely, this invaluable little book includes the Werner Von Braun infamous roadmap to Mars... envisionned for the 1980's. Another sad hint that NASA failed to its destiny, and will probably never recover.
This book shoudl definitly be read with some other good space history books, that will help put the technical prowess in perspective. I would recommend the following:
- Failure is Not An Option, by Gene Kranz
- Korolev, by James Harford
- Russia In Space, by Brian Harvey
- Moon Hunters, by Jeffrey Kluger
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Exploration Reference, June 11 2001
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Dr. Pascal Lee, SETI Institute (NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: MARS The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback)
"MARS: THE NASA MISSION REPORTS" is an excellent reference. Robert Godwin has produced yet another gem in his now classic series of historical books on NASA's space missions. The present work encapsulates key technical information on NASA's Mars exploration efforts since the beginning of the space program. The book contains an edited selection of official NASA press kits, press releases and mission reports, along with a profusion of illustrations reproduced as they originally appeared. While the focus of the book is on the sequence of Mars robotic missions NASA has flown to date, a final chapter is dedicated to the historic presentation Wernher Von Braun gave to President Nixon's Space Task Group on August 14, 1969 discussing his plans for a "manned" mission to Mars. According to that plan, humans would have landed on Mars by 1982. The book is very well organized and the information it contains has the great advantage of being reliable in that it was obtained from its very source: NASA's archives. The reader can quickly look up anything from the list of contractors who built the Mariner 4 space probe to the power output of the two RTGs (radioisotope thermoelectric generators) on the Viking Landers (2 x 35 watts). The book comes complete with a CD packed with even more information, including full NASA publications on Mars exploration from NASA's "SP" (special publications) series, three NASA videos, and hundreds of NASA Mars mission images. This book is quite simply a "must have" for anyone interested Mars exploration past, present, and future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mars Exploration Reference, June 11 2001
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Dr. Pascal Lee, SETI Institute (NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: MARS The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback)
"MARS: THE NASA MISSION REPORTS" is an excellent reference. Robert Godwin has produced yet another gem in his now classic series of historical books on NASA's space missions. The present work encapsulates key technical information on NASA's Mars exploration efforts since the beginning of the space program. The book contains an edited selection of official NASA press kits, press releases and mission reports, along with a profusion of illustrations reproduced as they originally appeared. While the focus of the book is on the sequence of Mars robotic missions NASA has flown to date, a final chapter is dedicated to the historic presentation Wernher Von Braun gave to President Nixon's Space Task Group on August 14, 1969 discussing his plans for a "manned" mission to Mars. According to that plan, humans would have landed on Mars by 1982. The book is very well organized and the information it contains has the great advantage of being reliable in that it was obtained from its very source: NASA's archives. The reader can quickly look up anything from the list of contractors who built the Mariner 4 space probe to the power output of the two RTGs (radioisotope thermoelectric generators) on the Viking Landers (2 x 35 watts). The book comes complete with a CD packed with even more information, including full NASA publications on Mars exploration from NASA's "SP" (special publications) series, three NASA videos, and hundreds of NASA Mars mission images. This book is quite simply a "must have" for anyone interested Mars exploration past, present, and future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unique resource, fantastic video, May 30 2001
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John McKnight (Scottsdale, AZ) - See all my reviews
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For anyone interested in the history of Mars or robotic exporation, this book is a must-have. The originial NASA documentation on thirty years of robotic probes provides critical insights into the history of our attempts to understand the Red Planet. The included CD-ROM is more than worth the price of the whole book, and will be returned to again and again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for completists, Feb. 15 2001
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Kevin W. Parker (Greenbelt, MD) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: MARS The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback)
In a departure from other books in this series, this one focuses on unmanned missions, in this case the missions to Mars. Going all the way back to Mariner 4, the mission that broke the hearts of sf fans everywhere by showing that Mars was a cratered desert planet with no John Carter or Dejah Thoris to be found anywhere, it includes press kits and mission reports for each mission to Mars, as well as investigation reports for those missions that have failed (most notably the recent ones).
The enclosed CD is somewhat better organized than usual, with many, many images from the various missions, plus movies and additional reports that didn't make it into the text.
The last item in the book is a rather depressing one. It's a 1969 report from Wernher von Braun on a manned Mars landing. If we'd followed von Braun's vision, by now we'd have a permanent space station with a crew of 100, a lunar base with a crew of 50, and a Mars presence with 48 on the ground and 24 in orbit, and all for maybe double the budget of NASA now (which is still effectively far less than the Apollo days). What we have instead is a skeletal space station.
It's another must-have for the space completist but less key for those less interested, except perhaps as a very useful reference.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A treasuretrove!, Aug. 28 2000
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This review is from: MARS The NASA Mission Reports Volume 1 (Apogee Books Space Series) (Paperback)
This is an absolutely indespensable compendium of data relating to the US's unmanned Mars missions starting with the Mariner probes and bringing us right up to 1999's troubling double failures. The text is surprisingly lucid for such a technical document and the data on the missions is exhaustive. The disk features literally hundreds of photos that give the reader an appreciation of how far the imaging technology has come in the past 30 odd years. Reading this volume also makes you appreciate the incredible complexity and challenge of mounting even a small unmanned mission to mars.
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