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Author Harland, David M. (David Michael), 1955-

Title Water and the search for life on Mars / David M. Harland
Published Berlin ; New York : Springer ; Chichester, UK : in association with Praxis Pub., [2005]
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Description 1 online resource (xv, 239 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series Springer-Praxis books in space exploration
Springer-Praxis books in space exploration.
Contents 1. Peering at Mars -- 2. A closer look -- 3. The Vikings -- 4. What is life? -- 5. A multiplicity of missions -- 6. The water dilemma -- 7. Spirit -- 8. Opportunity -- 9. Future prospects
Summary "This book relates how NASA and ESA have sought evidence of life on Mars. Science writer David Harland assembles and weighs the evidence in this timely and compelling book. It contains what you need to know behind today's, and possibly tomorrow's, headlines, including details of the Mariner, Viking, and Pathfinder missions and evolving theories of Martian geology and climate. It explains how the search continues with the Mars Express orbiter and Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity. Harland sets this within the broader perspective of the likely nature of life on Mars as compared to primitive life on Earth. Finally, he analyzes the implications of there being life on both planets."--Jacket
Notes Includes index
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Subject Viking Mars Program (U.S.)
Mars probes.
Life on other planets.
Space Flight -- history.
Evolution, Planetary.
Exobiology -- history.
Extraterrestrial Environment -- chemistry.
History, 20th Century.
History, 21st Century.
Mars (Planet) -- Exploration.
Mars (Planet) -- Water.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005928955
ISBN 9780387293721
038726020X (paperback)
9780387260204 (paperback)