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Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity
Exact title of book
Red Rover: Inside the Story of Robotic Space Exploration, from Genesis to the Mars Rover Curiosity
Book author
Roger Wiens
ISBN
9780465055982
Publisher
Basic Books
Published
Mar 12, 2013
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
256
File size (in PDF)
2304 kB

Some brief overview of book

In its eerie likeness to Earth, Mars has long captured our imaginationsboth as a destination for humankind and as a possible home to extraterrestrial life. It is our twenty-first century New World; its explorers robots, shipped 350 million miles from Earth to uncover the distant planets secrets. Its most recent scout is Curiositya one-ton, Jeep-sized nuclear-powered space laboratorywhich 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 his involvement in sending sophisticated hardware into space, culminating in the Curiosity rovers amazing journey to Mars. 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 NASAs introduction of the Discovery Program in 1992, scrappier, more nimble missions became the order of the day, as manned missions were confined to Earth orbit, and behemoth 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 competitive, 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?

About book author

Wiens (pronounced Weens) is the principal investigator for the ChemCam instrument on the Curiosity rover and a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory. Wiens has worked at Caltech and the University of California and was in charge of building three instruments for NASAs Genesis mission. He lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico. apable 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 his involvement in sending sophisticated hardware into space, culminating in the Curiosity rovers amazing journey to Mars. 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 NASAs introduction of the Discovery Program in 1992, scrappier, more nimble missions became the order of the day, as manned missions were confined to Earth orbit, and behemoth 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 competitive, 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?

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