Curiosity: An Inside Look at the Mars Rover Mission and the People Who Made It Happen (Paperback)

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Curiosity is one of the most useful human traits; we strive not only to survive, but also to discover. Right now, about 35 million miles from where you stand, several robots are working away on the red jewel of the sky: Mars. They all have amazing stories to tell, but the star of this story is the Mini Cooper-sized Mars Science Laboratory rover named Curiosity. Curiosity loves shooting lasers at rocks, making maps, plotting courses, driving itself, looking for evidence of ancient life, and just wants to meet a nice robot to share the warmth of its plutonium core. Robotics will soon be changing our world faster then ever before and robots will spearhead mankind's journey to our future in the stars. Not just a story of robots and space, this is the story of a community of dedicated men and women who carry the banner of pioneers.

Drew

Curiosity is one of the most useful human traits; we strive not only to survive, but also to discover. Right now, about 35 million miles from where you stand, several robots are working away on the red jewel of the sky: Mars. They all have amazing stories to tell, but the star of this story is the Mini Cooper-sized Mars Science Laboratory rover named Curiosity. Curiosity loves shooting lasers at rocks, making maps, plotting courses, driving itself, looking for evidence of ancient life, and just wants to meet a nice robot to share the warmth of its plutonium core. Robotics will soon be changing our world faster then ever before and robots will spearhead mankind's journey to our future in the stars. Not just a story of robots and space, this is the story of a community of dedicated men and women who carry the banner of pioneers.

— Drew

— From History / Science (page 1)

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The story of the people who designed, built, launched, landed, and are now operating the Mars rover Curiosity

Award-winning science writer Rod Pyle provides a behind-the-scenes look into the recent space mission to Mars of Curiosity--the unmanned rover that is now providing researchers with unprecedented information about the red planet. Pyle follows the team of dedicated scientists whose job it is to explore new vistas on Mars. Readers will also join Curiosity, the most advanced machine ever sent to another planet, on its journey of discovery. Drawing on his contacts at NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the author provides stunning insights into how this enthusiastic team of diverse individuals uses a revolutionary onboard laboratory of chemistry, geology, and physics instruments to unravel the profound secrets of the Red Planet.

Readers will meet: Robert Manning, chief engineer for every rover mission since Pathfinder; John Grotzinger, the chief scientist of the entire mission; Vandi Tompkins, the software designer who keeps the rover on track; Bobak Ferdowsi, famed “Mohawk Guy” from Mission Control; Adam Steltzner, the Elvis-like Entry, Descent and Landing Lead; Al Chen, chief of flight dynamics and the voice of JPL during Curiosity’s treacherous landing; and many others.

And of course, Pyle describes the adventures of the Curiosity rover itself, from landing through the first samples, drilling, and discovering a habitable past on the planet, to reaching the ultimate target: Mount Sharp, in the center of Gale Crater.  

America is once again at the forefront of a new space age and Curiosity is just the beginning of many exciting new discoveries to come.

About the Author


Rod Pyle is the author of the widely acclaimed book Destination Mars--called "the best recent overview of Mars missions" by the Washington Post--and also Destination Moon, Missions to the Moon, and a popular audiobook called The Space Race. He has produced numerous documentaries for the History Channel and Discovery Communications, including the widely praised Modern Marvels: Apollo 11. He has been an assistant professor at the University of La Verne and a lecturer with NASA's Johnson Space Center.

Praise For…


“Nothing is more human than curiosity—looking around the next corner, the next mountain . . . the next planet. This sense of undaunted wonder is brought to life in Rod Pyle’s tour of our fascinating love affair with Mars.”

—David Brin, astronomer, author of Existence and The Postman

“Pyle’s own fascination with the high adventure of Mars exploration comes through in this highly approachable account of one of the most audacious scientific endeavors of all time.”
 
—Mike Okuda, recipient of the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal, 2009
 
“This book is a front-row ticket to a magnificent adventure. With his own boundless curiosity, keen eye for detail, and infectious enthusiasm, Rod Pyle takes you inside the world of the most advanced and ambitious mission to the red planet. It’s a journey you don’t want to miss.”
 
—Andrew Chaikin, author of A Passion for Mars
 
“Rod Pyle captures the essence and deep detail of the greatest robotic adventure ever put forth—with its challenges and triumphs, Curiosity’s mission is a testament to what we can achieve. With his fascinating insights, Pyle causes us to look forward to a spectacular future of exploration.”
 
—David Knight, original XPRIZE team member
Product Details
ISBN: 9781616149338
ISBN-10: 1616149337
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication Date: July 15th, 2014
Pages: 300
Language: English
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