Martian Summer

Martian Summer

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Get up close and personal with science as Andrew Kessler narrates his hilarious journey inside NASAa€™s Phoenix Mars missiona€”a historic enterprise manned by a motley crew of rocket scientists The Phoenix Mars mission was the first man-made probe ever sent to the Martian arctic. Its purpose was to find out how climate change could turn a warm, wet planet (read: Earth) into a cold, barren desert (read: Mars). Along the way, Phoenix discovered a giant frozen ocean trapped beneath the north pole of Mars, exotic food for aliens, and liquid water, and laid the foundation for NASAa€™s current exploration of Mars using the Curiosity rover. This is not science fiction. Ita€™s fact. And for the luckiest fanboy in fandom, it was the best vacation ever. Andrew Kessler spent the summer of 2008 in NASAa€™s mission control with one hundred thirty of the worlda€™s best planetary scientists and engineers as they carried out this ambitious operation. He came back with a story of human drama about modern-day pioneers battling NASA politics, temperamental robots, and the bizarre world of daily life in mission control.And thata#39;s the problem, a€ Matt adds. Everyone thinks ita#39;s as easy ... The robot arm came from the design of the 2001 lander mission but had to be significantly modified. They needed new ... the ideal features. a€œThey bought us a Ford Focus but weanbsp;...

Title:Martian Summer
Author: Andrew Kessler
Publisher:Open Road Media - 2014-07-15

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