ISBN 9781426212789,Mars Up Close

Mars Up Close



National Geographic Society

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9781426212789

ISBN-10 142621278X


Number of Pages 304 Pages
Language (English)

Space science & technology

With images never published before, many with surprising colors and landscapes that make you want to spend your next vacation on Mars, this is the one and only book written in consultation with NASA scientists that explains everything, detail by detail and moment by moment, about the most ambitious space expedition the human race has ever undertaken. Mars Up Close combines inside stories, fascinating facts, up-to-date maps, accessible science, eye-popping pictures, and visions of a future not that far away thanks to the groundbreaking success of NASA's Curiosity mission. Renowned science journalist Marc Kaufman spent two years embedded with the engineers and scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, cheering on the rover's spine-tingling landing, learning the backstory of anticipated findings, and witnessing the inescapable frustrations that come from operating a $2.5-billion multitasking robot on a planet 35 million miles from Earth. For pop science, space, and technology lovers, Mars Up Close takes you inside the mission and onto the surface of Mars. As an added special feature, this book contains embedded Augmented Reality coding: Download NASA's free app and bring the Curiosity rover and other Mars spacecraft into 3-D reality right on its pages!


"Mars Up Close is a stunning masterpiece, an elegant book that not only transforms the distant Red Planet into a world of spectacular splendor –but a perplexing globe that still holds its secrets tight. Kaufman is a first-rate writer and scribes a compelling narrative about the recent findings of NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover and the mission makers on the trail of truth regarding the enigmatic planet." --Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut and author of Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration"After this read -- and soaking in the lavishly gorgeous presentation – you’ll get to know the fourth planet as never before…and a place that beckons for human exploration." --Leonard David,’s Space Insider Columnist, co-author of Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration "In this book Marc Kaufman vividly transports us to the surface of Mars through the eyes of the Curiosity spacecraft that landed on the planet in 2012 after an infamous “seven minutes of terror”.  Complete with the brilliant images and three-dimensional apps we have come to expect from a National Geographic publication, the book not only describes a pioneering effort in planetary exploration, including the search for life, but also foreshadows what space visionaries such as Elon Musk believe will be a future era of multi-planetary human life." --Steven J. Dick, Baruch S. Blumberg NASA/Library of Congress Chair in Astrobiology, Former NASA Chief Historian 

About the Author

MARC KAUFMAN writes about NASA and space science for and The Washington Post, where he was a reporter on the national staff for 10 years. Kirkus listed his previous book, First Contact, as one of the best nonfiction titles in 2011. He has worked as a foreign correspondent at The Washington Post, reporting from Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks, and as New Delhi bureau chief for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His articles have appeared in New York, Smithsonian, and Condé Nast Traveler.

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