4th Rock From The Sun: The Story Of Mars
By Nicky Jenner
I received a free copy of 4th Rock From The Sun from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Mars is ingrained in our culture, from H. G. Wells’s 1898 novel The War of the Worlds to Looney Tunes’s hapless Marvin the Martian to David Bowie’s extraterrestrial spiders. Ancient mythologies defined the planet as a violent harbinger of war, stargazers puzzled over its peculiar motion, and astrologers defined human personalities by its position.
Science fact is now surpassing science fiction. Robot vehicles have trundled across the planet’s surface, beaming back views of its rust-orange surface, and have tested soil and atmosphere to get clues about how the planet has evolved and whether it supported (or supports) life. There are many more Mars missions planned over the next decade. And while little green Martians are now firmly the preserve of literature and film, there is growing evidence that the now-arid, frozen planet once had been warm, wet, and possibly thronging with microbial life. One day in the foreseeable future, humans are likely to set foot on the Red Planet. What are the challenges involved, and how are we preparing for them? Is there a long-term future for humans on Mars?
4th Rock from the Sun examines Mars in its entirety–its nature, attributes, and impact on the 3rd Rock’s culture; its environmental science and geology; and its potential for human colonization. Writing in an engaging manner, Nicky Jenner provides a comprehensive and spellbinding guide to the Red Planet.
It has been a while since I have read a book about space, and it has also been a while since I last started a book that I decided to put down. Unfortunately, as good as 4th Rock From the Sun is, I just had to stop reading it.
Now do not get me wrong when I say that I stoped reading this, but I actually enjoyed it! I really was. Unfortunately, it is not the right book for me to be reading and every time I am picking it up, I am looking for an excuse to put it back down again. I just need a light-hearted book that does not require me to think right now. I do hope that I am able to get back into a better mood so that I am able to read this, or any book that is more scientific in nature because right now it is not what I need.
What 4th Rock From the Sun is about however is Mars, its history, and its potential future. Since travel to Mars is becoming more of a possibility, scientists are attempting to discover more about it for our future arrival. We are trying to understand what Mars is made up of, what we would have to transport over and what we would be able to provide from Mars itself.
So, for what I have read of 4th Rock From the Sun, which is just over 50%, I did enjoy it and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone with a interest in space, and anyone with a particular fascination with Mars.
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