Saturday, October 13, 2012

Mars Madness

Late Spring on Mars
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Red Planet Favorites
Understanding Mars is always a hot topic, made hotter still last August when "Curiosity" became the fourth rover to explore the Red Planet.  On the Mars in fiction front, we offer a round-up of a few classics.

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars)
Prelude to Mars by Arthur C. Clark
Man Plus by Frederik Pohl
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
Mars Trilogy (Mars, Return to Mars, Mars Life) by Ben Bova
Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven
John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Non-Fiction Picks
Packing for Mars by Mary Roach
Less about Mars than the effects of long-term space travel.
Roving Mars (documentary video)
The story of NASA's two rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, which are currently driving around Mars.
Sojourner : an Insider's View of the Mars Pathfinder Mission by Andrew Mishkin
Chronicles one of the early Mars landing missions. We've since moved on to roving...

For Kids
Far-out Guide to Mars by Mary Kay Carson
The Mighty Mars Rovers : the Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
Mars : You Decide How to Survive! by Hena Khan and David Borgenicht

Surf's Up
NASA Mars Exploration Program
Discovery Space : Top 10 Sites on Mars
NASA Be a Martian!