Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission - Marc Kaufman, Elon Musk

Several traits go into making a great science writer, and Marc Kaufman has them. First is knowledge of a subject which can be quite dense and technical. Second is the ability to convey such complex information in a lively and engaging way. And third is sheer delight and enthusiasm in the topic. Kaufman showed these traits in his last book, First Contact, which addressed the hunt for life beyond Earth—a big subject that he managed to write about in a compact, informative, and enjoyable two-hundred pages. In his latest work, Mars Up Close: Inside the Curiosity Mission (National Geographic, $40), he has again produced a great read. This time he tackles the successful 2012 NASA effort to land a rover on the red planet. The book is filled with fascinating detail and vibrant prose. Kaufman had a big advantage in researching this story—namely, terrific access to NASA’s team; he was virtually embedded with the scientists and engineers involved in the mission. But he also enhances his play-by-play narrative with lots of useful historical and scientific context. And he treats readers to spectacular, never-before-published images of Mars, many with surprising colors and landscapes.
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ISBN: 9781426212789
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: National Geographic - August 5th, 2014