As NASA lays its plans for a return to the moon and, from there, a manned mission to Mars, there has never been a better time to acquaint ourselves with the dramatic history and astonishing present of the red planet. Planetary geologist, geophysicist and acclaimed SF author Dr Simon Morden takes us on a vivid guided tour of Mars.
From its formation four and half billion years ago, through an era of cataclysmic meteor strikes and the millions of years during which a vast ocean spanned its entire upper hemisphere, to the long, frozen ages that saw its atmosphere steadily thinning and leaking away into space, Morden presents a tantalising vision of the next planet we will visit.
Written with storytelling flair, and piecing together the latest research, data, theories and informed speculation, The Red Planet is as close as we can get to an eye-witness account of this incredible place.
‘As befits a work about a planet named after the God of War, this is a book of titanic clashing elements, stupendous impacts, cataclysmic eruptions, devastating forces, planet-wrenching seisms. Real heavy metal. You’ll never look at that red dot in the sky the same way again.’ IAN MCDONALD, AUTHOR OF LUNA: MOON RISING
‘Full of intrigue, like a beautifully narrated adventure detective story – which left a satisfying thirst of wanting to know more.’ PROFESSOR LUCY ROGERS, AUTHOR OF IT’S ONLY ROCKET SCIENCE
‘Written with a poet’s flourish, this is your comprehensive guide to humanity’s future home.’ COLIN STUART, AUTHOR OF HOW TO LIVE IN SPACE