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The quest for Mars is chronicled by bestselling author Andrew Chaikin in this story of a passionate band of Earthbound explorers caught in the irresistible pull of the Red Planet.
They include celebrated figures: astronomer Carl Sagan, who champions the idea of life on Mars-; rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, drawing up plans for human Mars expeditions; and science-fiction author Ray Bradbury, standard-bearer for Marss crucial place in human destiny. Readers also meet the rogue grad students known as the Mars Underground, keepers of the flame when Mars falls off NASAs radar; biologist Jerry Soffen, looking for signs of life in a Martian meteorite; geologist Mike Malin, who defies skeptics to reveal a Mars no one imagines; and many others, including Chaikin himself, who served on the first Viking Mars landing and covered Mars exploration as a science journalist.
Based on extensive interviews, illustrated with compelling images, and animated by the authors own passion, Chaikins account will resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a journey to Mars.