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By Roy A. Gallant, Lowell Hess

Grade 5-7-This drab yet systematic survey deals scholars an outline of our research of the purple Planet, from historic observations of its possible abnormal direction during the sky to NASA's April 2004 choice to increase the missions of rovers Spirit and chance. regardless of infrequent and clumsy efforts to rev it up ("After screaming via area at 16 thousand miles consistent with hour:"), the prose is as dry because the Martian floor, and a number of other of the accompanying, faded-looking black-and-white photographs or diagrams upload neither info nor perception. nonetheless, made up our minds readers will locate lots of present details, plus a strongly made case for sending people to Mars, and, to shut, quite thorough and resource lists. whereas Seymour Simon's vacation spot: Mars (HarperCollins, 2000) or Stuart Murray and Edward S. Barnard's Mars (DK, 2004) have some distance enhanced browser charm, Parks's ebook is an acceptable selection for deeper topic collections.

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