Washington DC: The National Geographic Society, 2001. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. , 126,  pages. Illustrations (color). This issue's cover story is devoted to space. The opening article is entitled Beyond Gravity and is by Sir Arthur Clarke. This issue keys off of the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey and the cover has the tag line "2001 The Body in Space Surviving the Odyssey". Additional articles are on Surviving in Space, the Great Barrier Reef, Mummer Parade, Ancient Ashkelon, Japan's Imperial Palace, and Quartzite. The cover shows NASA's H-1 prototype spacesuit which promised enhanced flexibility on future missions. Brown paper mailer present.
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Washington DC: National Geographic Society, 2004. Presumed First Edition, First printing thus. Wraps. , 117,  pages. Illustrations (most in color). Maps. Advertisements. Cover has slight wear and soiling. Cover story is about Mars by Oliver Morton. The article is entitled Mars Revisited and has a fold-out image. It addresses the question of Is There Life in the Ancient Ice? The article goes from page 2 to page 31. Other content includes the Himba of Southern Africa (Namibia), Patagonia, Himalayan Sanctuary (Hanle Valley), Frozen Arctic, Mining in Montana, and a Bronze Age Map of the Stars.