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Editors: Lorenzo A. Costas
Book Description:
This new book presents leading-edge research on Mars which is the fourth planet from the Sun in the Solar System. The planet is named after Mars, the Roman god of war. It is also referred to as the "Red Planet" because of its reddish appearance as seen from Earth.A terrestrial planet, Mars has a thin atmosphere and surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the volcanoes, valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth. It is the site of Olympus Mons, the highest known mountain in the solar system, and of Valles Marineris, the largest canyon. In addition to its geographical features, Marsí rotational period and seasonal cycles are likewise similar to those of the Earth Mars has two moons, Phobos and Deimos, which are small and irregularly shaped. These may be captured asteroids, similar to 5261 Eureka, a Martian Trojan asteroid. Mars can be seen from Earth with the naked eye. Its apparent magnitude reaches −2.9, a brightness surpassed only by Venus, the Moon, and the Sun, though for much of the year Jupiter may appear brighter to the naked eye than Mars.

Table of Contents:

Expert Commentaries

Commentary A - Future Climate Changes on Mars: Science Fiction or Possible Reality?; pp. 1-5
(L. Montabone, The Open Univ., Dept. of Physics and Astronomy, Walton Hall, UK, Univ. of Oxford , Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics, Dept. of Physics, Oxford, UK)

Commentary B - Mass Attenuation Coefficient of Mars Samples over 1keV-100 GeV Energy Range; pp. 7-15
(Anderson Camargo Moreira, Carlos Roberto Appoloni, Applied Nuclear Physics Laboratory (LFNA), Physics Dept. State Univ. of Londrina, Parana, Brazil)

Research and Review Studies

Chapter 1 - Tier-Scalable Reconnaissance- A Paradigm Shift in Autonomous Remote Planetary Exploration of Mars and Beyond;
pp. 17-48
(Wolfgang Fink, Mark A. Tarbell (California Institute of Technology, Visual and Autonomous Exploration Systems Research Laboratory, Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy, Pasadena, CA, USA), Farrah M. Jobling (University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Aurora, CO, USA))

Chapter 2 - The Search for Organics in Extraterrestrial Environments: Lessons for Mars Exploration; pp. 49-91
(C. Rodier, Laboratoire de Synthese et Reactivite des Substances Naturelles, Poitiers, France, A. Buch, Laboratoire de chimie et Genie des Procedes, Ecole Centrale Paris, Chatenay-Malabry, France, C. Szopa, Service d'Aeronomie-IPSL, Univ. Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris, Verrieres le Buisson Cedex, France)

Chapter 3 - The Odds for Life on Mars; pp. 93-103
(Mark K. Moran, Mars Society, Sterling, Virginia, Kevin M. Shaw, Odenton, MD)

Chapter 4 - Hot Springs and Life in Mars?; pp. 105-115
(Kazue Tazaki, Masayuki Okuno, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Kanazawa Univ., Kanazawa, Ishikawa, Japan, Muneyoshi Furumoto, Graduate School of Environmental Studies, Nagoya Univ., Nagoya, Japan)

Chapter 5 - The Search for Life on Mars: Raman Spectroscopy and Analytical Astrobiology; pp. 117-164
(Howell G.M. Edwards, Michael D. Hargreaves, Centre for Astrobiology and Extremophiles Research, School of Life Sciences, Univ. of Bradford, UK)

Chapter 6 - Manned Missions to Mars: The Likely Impact of Microbial Infection; pp. 165-185
(Peter W. Taylor, Helena Rosado, School of Pharmacy, Univ. of London, London, UK)

Chapter 7 - The Case for a Cold and Wet Mars; pp. 187-215
(Alberto G. Fairen, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Science and Astrobiology Division, Moffett Field, CA, Centro de Biologia Molecular, CSIC-Univ. Autonoma de Madrid, Cantoblanco, Madrid, Spain, Alfonso F. Davila, Darlene Lim, NASA Ames Research Center, Space Science and Astrobiology Division, Moffett Field, CA)

Chapter 8 - Raman Spectroscopic Analysis of Biogeological Adaptations by Extremophile Organisms with Relevance to Planetary Exploration; pp. 217-242
(Susana E. Jorge Villar, Area of Geodinamica, Univ. of Burgos, Burgos, Spain)

Chapter 9 - Martian Tectonics, Water and Life; pp. 243-283
(E.I. Alves, M.T. Barata, D.A. Vaz, Centro de Geofisica da Univ. de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal)


   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2008
   ISBN: 1-60021-826-1
   Status: AV
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