Postcards from Mars; The First Photographer on the Red Planet
New York: Dutton, 2006. First Printing [Stated]. Hardcover. Format is approximately 11.875 inches by 11.875 inches. xi, , 196 pages. Illustrations (many in color). Several fold-out illustrations. Foreword by Bill Nye. Appendix. Additional Resources. Index. DJ has some wear, soiling, edge tears and chips. Jim Bell is a planetary scientist, educator, author, public speaker, and President of The Planetary Society. He is heavily involved in NASA solar system exploration missions like those of the Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity. In 2011 he received the Carl Sagan Medal for Excellence in Public Communication from the American Astronomical Society. He is an avid writer for space-related topics. His popular science and space photography books include Postcards from Mars, Mars 3-D, Moon 3-D, The Space Book and most recently, The Interstellar Age . Jim is a Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Astronomy at Cornell University. The most fantastic of all journeys—the Spirit and Opportunity mobile robot missions to the surface of Mars—produced over 150,000 astonishing photographs. While the images were made available on low-resolution computer screens as they were sent back across millions of space miles, no one until now has done the painstaking work of editing, cropping, and processing these massive images. Jim Bell is the scientist and photographer who led the photography team on this historic expedition. With his unique perspective, these photographs take us from the launches of these robots, to the alien landscape they discovered and the mysteries of the planet that they have helped to solve. Over 150 lavish full-color-process prints bring the colors and textures of Mars to vivid life on the page. Four of the most impressive pictures are presented in their entirety as gatefold images—which extend over three feet in width—providing a view of the surface of another planet unprecedented in its detail and clarity. Condition: Very good / Good.
Keywords: NASA, Space, Moon, Red Planet, Gusev Crater, Spirit Rover, Opportunity Rover, Robotics, Photography, Meridiani, Bill Nye, Eagle Crater, Columbia Hills, Endurance Crater, Husband Hill, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pancams, Squyres