The Sirens Of Mars

The Sirens of Mars
Publisher Crown
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Category Science
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781101904824
Rating 3.5/5 from 5 reviews
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“Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves her own coming-of-age story as a planetary scientist with a vivid history of the exploration of Mars in this celebration of human curiosity, passion, and perseverance.”—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review • Times (UK) • Library Journal “Lovely . . . Johnson’s prose swirls with lyrical wonder, as varied and multihued as the apricot deserts, butterscotch skies and blue sunsets of Mars.”—Anthony Doerr, The New York Times Book Review Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum—on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this beautifully observed, deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Johnson’s fascination with Mars began as a child in Kentucky, turning over rocks with her father and looking at planets in the night sky. She now conducts fieldwork in some of Earth’s most hostile environments, such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the salt flats of Western Australia, developing methods for detecting life on other worlds. Here, with poetic precision, she interlaces her own personal journey—as a female scientist and a mother—with tales of other seekers, from Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a utopian society existed on Mars, to Audouin Dollfus, who tried to carry out astronomical observations from a stratospheric balloon. In the process, she shows how the story of Mars is also a story about Earth: This other world has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of our own anxieties and yearnings. Empathetic and evocative, The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place where no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos.

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  • Author : Sarah Stewart Johnson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07

“Sarah Stewart Johnson interweaves her own coming-of-age story as a planetary scientist with a vivid history of the exploration of Mars in this celebration of human curiosity, passion, and perseverance.”—Alan Lightman, author of Einstein’s Dreams NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York

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The Sirens of Mars
  • Author : Sarah Stewart Johnson
  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Release Date : 2020-07-16

As a new wave of interplanetary exploration unfolds, a talented young planetary scientist charts our centuries-old obsession with Mars. 'Beautifully written, emotive - a love letter to a planet' DERMOT O'LEARY, BBC Radio 2 Mars - bewilderingly empty, coated in red dust - is an unlikely place to pin our hopes

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The Sirens of Mars
  • Author : Sarah Stewart Johnson
  • Publisher : Crown
  • Release Date : 2021-07-20

Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum-- on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find. Johnson tells the story of how she

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The Sirens of Titan
  • Author : Kurt Vonnegut
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2006

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Once Upon a Time I Lived on Mars
  • Author : Kate Greene
  • Publisher : St. Martin's Press
  • Release Date : 2020-07-14

When it comes to Mars, the focus is often on how to get there: the rockets, the engines, the fuel. But upon arrival, what will it actually be like? In 2013, Kate Greene moved to Mars. That is, along with five fellow crew members, she embarked on NASA’s first HI-SEAS

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  • Author : Elizabeth Howell,Nicholas Booth
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2020-06-23

Published to coincide with the launch of NASA’s Perseverance rover mission this summer, the definitive account of our quest to find life on the Red Planet. From The War of the Worlds to The Martian and to the amazing photographs sent back by the robotic rovers Curiosity and Opportunity,

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  • Author : Stephen Petranek
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2015-07-07

Award-winning journalist Stephen Petranek says humans will live on Mars by 2027. Now he makes the case that living on Mars is not just plausible, but inevitable. It sounds like science fiction, but Stephen Petranek considers it fact: Within twenty years, humans will live on Mars. We’ll need to. In

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The Smallest Lights in the Universe
  • Author : Sara Seager
  • Publisher : Doubleday Canada
  • Release Date : 2020-08-18

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  • Author : Kevin Hand
  • Publisher : Princeton University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-09-21

Inside the epic quest to find life on the water-rich moons at the outer reaches of the solar system Where is the best place to find life beyond Earth? We often look to Mars as the most promising site in our solar system, but recent scientific missions have revealed that

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The Life of Super Earths
  • Author : Dimitar Sasselov
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2012-01-24

In 1543, Nicolaus Copernicus fomented a revolution when he debunked the geocentric view of the universe, proving instead that our planet wasn't central to the universe. Almost five hundred years later, the revolution he set in motion is nearly complete. Just as earth is not the center of things, the life

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The Big Book of Mars
  • Author : Marc Hartzman
  • Publisher : Quirk Books
  • Release Date : 2020-07-07

Filled with entertaining history, archival images, pop culture ephemera, and interviews with NASA scientists, The Big Book of Mars is the most comprehensive look at our relationship with Mars—yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Mars has been a source of fascination and speculation ever since the Ancient Sumerians observed its blood-red

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Mars
  • Author : Percival Lowell
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1895

Read online Mars written by Percival Lowell, published by which was released on 1895. Download full Mars Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

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Beyond Earth
  • Author : Charles Wohlforth,Amanda R. Hendrix
  • Publisher : Vintage
  • Release Date : 2017-10-17

Presents a chronicle of the developments and initiatives that have transformed the idea of space colonization into an achievable goal, sharing arguments in favor of targeting Saturn's moon, Titan.

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A Song Below Water
  • Author : Bethany C. Morrow
  • Publisher : Tor Teen
  • Release Date : 2020-06-02

Bethany C. Morrow's A Song Below Water is the story for today’s readers — a captivating modern fantasy about Black sirens, friendship, and self-discovery set against the challenges of today's racism and sexism. In a society determined to keep her under lock and key, Tavia must hide her siren powers.

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Spacefarers
  • Author : Christopher Wanjek
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2020

What will it take to make humanity a spacefaring species? The usual: good reasons and good planning. Christopher Wanjek explores the practical motivations for striking out into the far reaches of the solar system and the realities of the challenge. And he introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who

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