The Red Planet: A Natural History of Mars
‘Full of intrigue, like a beautifully narrated adventure detective story – which left a satisfying thirst of wanting to know more.’ PROFESSOR LUCY ROGERS, AUTHOR OF IT’S ONLY ROCKET SCIENCE
Mars is never far from our news Mars is never far from our news headlines or imaginations: there has never been a better time to acquaint never been a better time to acquaint ourselves with its dramatic history and astonishing present.
The history of Mars is drawn not just on its surface, but also down into its broken bedrock and up into its frigid air. Most of all, it stretches back into deep time, where the trackways of the past have been obliterated and there is no discernible trace of where they started from or how they travelled, only where they ended up.
From the planet’s formation 4.5 billion years ago, through eras that featured cataclysmic meteor strikes, explosive volcanoes and a vast ocean that spanned the entire upper hemisphere, to the long, frozen ages that saw its atmosphere steadily thinning and leaking away into space, Dr Simon Morden presents a tantalising vision of our nearest neighbour.
Piecing together the latest research, data, theories and informed speculation, The Red Planet is as close as we can get to an eye-witness account of this incredible place.
‘As befits a work about a planet named after the God of War, this is a book of titanic clashing elements, stupendous impacts, cataclysmic eruptions, devastating forces, planet-wrenching seisms. Real heavy metal. You’ll never look at that red dot in the sky the same way again.’
- IAN MCDONALD, AUTHOR OF LUNA: MOON RISING
‘Written with a poet’s flourish, this is your comprehensive guide to humanity’s future home.’
- COLIN STUART, AUTHOR OF HOW TO LIVE IN SPACE