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It’s the age-old question: Is there life on Mars? Steve Squyres, lead scientist of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission, sets out to answer that question and relates his findings in this riveting first-person narrative account, now in paperback Steve Squyres is the face and voice of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission. Squyres dreamed up the mission in 1987, saw it through from conception in 1995 to a successful landing in 2004, and serves as the principal scientist of its $400 million payload. He has gained a rare inside look at what it took for Rovers Spirit and Opportunity to land on the red planet in January 2004 -- and knows firsthand their findings.
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This new edition of J. E. Gordon's classic introduction to the properties of materials used in engineering answers some fundamental and fascinating questions about how the material world around us functions. In particular, Gordon focuses on so-called strong materials, such as metals, wood, ceramics, glass, and bone. For each material in question, Gordon explains the unique physical and chemical basis for its inherent structural qualities in irrepressibly fresh and simple terms. He also shows how an in-depth understanding of these materials' intrinsic strengths (and weaknesses) guides our engineering choices, allowing us to build the structures that support our modern society. Philip Ball's new introduction describes Gordon's career and the ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Lawrence Lamb was one of the surgeons connected to the early United States of America space program. He gives an inside view on how the space program got a start in reaction to early Russian successes (like the first satellite in space, the first man in space). He describes the tension between the military interests in space travel (mainly the air force) and the scientific interests in space travel (which developed into Nasa during his career). A big influence on his career and on how he was seen by the military was his decision to not let the test pilot Deke Slayton go on one of the early Mercury flight because of a heart condition. This decision has followed Dr. Lamb for ages because the air force disagreed and he clearly documents his ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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