The Planet Mars: A History of Observations and Discovery|
by William Sheehan
University of Arizona Press, 1996
softcover, 270pp., illus.
No other planet in the solar system has created such interest and fascination in as Mars. Since earliest times, when it appeared as a red star wandering through the skies, symbolic of blood and war, to the present and near-future spacecraft missions to the planet, humanity has given Mars a special place it its collective mind. William Sheehan explores the history of our study of the Red Planet in The Planet Mars.
Mining the Sky: Untold Riches from the Asteroids, Comets, and Planets|
by John S. Lewis
Helix Books (Addison-Wesley), 1996
hardcover, 288pp., illus.
Earlier this year, John Lewis warned us of the threat asteroids and comets pose to the Earth in his book Rain of Iron and Ice. He noted the damage cosmic collisions had done to the Earth in the past and the hazards they pose for the future, as well as what needs to be done to prevent future catastrophes. In Mining the Sky Lewis picks up where he left off in his earlier book, noting that once we have the capability to deflect asteroids and comets off of collision courses with the Earth, we will also have the capability to use them to create a nearly endless stream of resources for the future expansion of the human race.
Orbit: NASA Astronauts Photograph the Earth|
by Jay Apt, Michael Helfert, and Justin Wilkinson
National Geographic Society, 1996
hardcover, 224pp., illus.
pictures of planets, moons, stars and distant galaxies and other cosmic phenomena. Yet, some of the best, and most well received, photos have been pictures of our own Earth taken from space. Whether its the ability to look at the planet without the usual reference marks of labels and borders, or the new perspective space provides on familiar features, images of the Earth have been among the most popular space images taken to date. A shuttle astronaut and two earth scientists have compiled nearly 200 of the best pictures into the beautiful book Orbit.
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