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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Ten-Year Journey

Celebration: MAVEN Arrives at Mars. Members of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) team celebrate at the Lockheed Martin operations center in Littleton, Colorado, Sunday night, after getting confirmation that the spacecraft entered Mars' orbit. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars, and will soon begin taking measurements of the composition, structure and escape of gases in Mars’ upper atmosphere and its interaction with the sun and solar wind. Credit: Lockheed Martin, courtesy NASA.

After a decade's journey, the MAVEN project is embarking on a new phase. MAVEN has entered the gravitational pull of Mars and will be orbiting the planet. It probably won't be long before the little green men show up! Only kidding. The information gathered from the mission will increase our knowledge of our neighboring planet. However, this new knowledge will probably render all our materials on Mars obsolete, but until then you can brush up on what we currently know!

Lomberg, Michelle. Mars. [J 523.43 LOM]

Mars: The NASA Mission Reports. [629.43 MAR]

Raeburn, Paul. Uncovering the Secrets of the Red Planet: Mars. [523.43 RAE]

Roving Mars. [DVD 629.45 ROV]

Siy, Alexandra. Cars on Mars: Roving the Red Planet. [J 919.923 SIY]

Zobel, Derek. Mars. [J 523.43 ZOB]

If you're still interested in the fantastical aspects of Mars, then look for one of these speculative fiction choices:

Corey, Shana. First Graders from Mars. [JP COR]

Duane, Diane. A Wizard of Mars. [YA DUA]

Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier: An Original Science Fiction Anthology. [YA SC LIF]

Pratchett, Terry. The Long Mars. [SF PRA, also 3M ebook]

Under the Moons of Mars: New Adventures on Barsoom. [YA SC UND]

Weir, Andy. The Martian. [F WEI, also 3M ebook]

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