March 12, 2013
March 12, 2013
Its most recent scout is Curiosity?a one-ton, Mini Cooper-sized nuclear-powered space laboratory?which is now roving the Martian surface to determine whether the red planet has ever been physically capable of supporting life. In Red Rover, geochemist Roger Wiens, the principal investigator for the ChemCam laser instrument on the rover and veteran of numerous robotic NASA missions, tells the unlikely story of the rover?s journey to Mars and of his own involvement in sending sophisticated hardware into space.
In so doing, Wiens paints the portrait of one of the most exciting scientific stories of our time: the new era of robotic space exploration. Starting with NASA?s introduction of the Discovery Program in 1992, scrappier, more nimble missions became the order of the day, as behemoth manned projects went extinct. This strategic shift presented huge scientific opportunities, but tight budgets meant that success depended more than ever on creative engineering and human ingenuity. Beginning with the Genesis mission that launched his career, Wiens describes the DIY spirit of these robotic enterprises, from conception to construction, from launch to heart-stopping crashes and smooth landings.
An inspiring account of the real-life challenges of space exploration, Red Rover vividly narrates what goes into answering the question: is there life elsewhere in the universe?
- Genre: Science
- Subgenre: Astronomy, Scientific Instruments
- Language: English
- Author: Roger Wiens
- Online Item #: 14312042
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-07-7033
- ISBN: 9780465055982
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported