Pocket Book MarsPaperback: 96 pagesPublisher: Collector's Guide Publishing Inc (March 1, 2006)Language: English Book Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.5 inches
If you always thought that it was Giovanni Schiaparelli who first coined the phrase ?Canali? pertaining to the straight lines he observed on Mars, you?d be wrong. In 1858 an astronomer working at the Vatican observatory, named father Pietro Angelo Secchi, took it upon himself to create his own drawings of Mars. The red planet was now nearing a close approach to earth and the powerful Vatican telescope was capable of resolving detail previously invisible to most astronomers. Secchi thought he saw a series of straight lines on the Martian surface so he made an innocuous notation in his notes. His sketches and articles were published in 1859 in which he referred several times to ?Canale Atlantico? or ?Canale Ceruleo?. His regrettable choice of words would not have an impact for another eight years.In this highly readable and informative second book in the Apogee Pocket Space Guide series, you'll read not only about people and places that have influenced mankind?s relationship with the enigmatic red planet, but you'll see the color drawings that Secchi made, which were provided to Apogee directly by the Vatican itself. Along with many other interesting stories, drawings and photographs this book will be a prize for both the novice or ardent student of Mars.Don?t let its small size deceive you, this book is packed with amazing stories and is a must have for anybody with the slightest interest in our next door neighbor in space.All of the Mars probes, including Global Surveyor, Mariner 4, 6, 7, and 9, the Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars Odyssey, Mars Pathfinder, Sojourner, and Viking 1 and 2, are discussed in this reference to the vehicles used to explore Earth's volatile neighbor.
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