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Kim Stanley Robinson


Red Mars
Year 1992
Publisher HarperCollins
ISBN 0586213899



Volume One of The Mars Trilogy

Mars.  The Red Planet
Closest to Earth in our solar system, surely life must exist on it?  We dreamt about the builders of the canals we could see by telescope, about ruined cities, lost Martian civilisations, the possibilities of alien contact.  Then the Viking and Mariner probes went up, and sent back nothing.  Mars was a barren planet: lifeless, sterile, uninhabited.

In 2019 the first man set foot on the surface of Mars: John Boone, American hero.  In 2027 one hundred of the Earth's finest engineers and scientists made the first mass-landing.  Their mission?  To create a new world.  To terraform a planet with no atmosphere, an intensely cold climate and no magnetosphere into an Eden full of people, plants and animals.

It is the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced: the ultimate use of intelligence and ability: our finest dream.




Winner of the Nebula Award

'A complex combination of science fiction and fact, political and social commentary together with strong characterization and a brilliantly conceived plot ... Stunning visualization of the beauty of this hostile planet.  By the end you can't help feeling you understand the place'
Time Out

'A staggering book - the best novel on the colonization of Mars that has ever been written ... I think it should be required reading for the colonists of the next century'
Arthur C Clarke



Boulders and rocks on the Martian surface



Credit: NASA

Spirit Beholds Bumpy Boulder
As the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit began collecting images for a 360-degree panorama of new terrain, the rover captured this view of a dark boulder with an interesting surface texture. The boulder is about 40 centimeters (16 inches) tall on Martian sand about 5 meters (16 feet) away from Spirit. It is one of many dark, volcanic rock fragments -- many pocked with rounded holes called vesicles -- littering the slope of "Low Ridge." The rock surface facing the rover is similar in appearance to the surface texture on the outside of lava flows on Earth.

Spirit took this false-color image with the panoramic camera on its 810th sol, or Martian day, of exploring Mars (April 13, 2006).

NASA Image of the day archive





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