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[2006-12-13]

Postcards From Mars

Postcard From Mars* Author: Jim Bell
* Publisher: Dutton Adult (November 16, 2006)
* Hardcover; 196 pages; Dimensions (in inches): 11.7 x 11.8 x 0.9

* ISBN: 0525949852
* Content

1. Forward
2. Preface
3. The First Thing to Photograph
4. With Spirit in Gusev Crater
5. An Opportunity in Meridiani
6. Postscript
7. Acknowledgments
8. Appendix


在,大部分的天文相片都可以輕而易舉地在電腦的螢幕上看到。但,在電腦上看的圖片的解像度遠遠不及一輻高像度的硬照,一本實在的書帶給你的震撼遠比電腦螢幕大。雖然我相信自己也曾看過不少由火星漫遊車勇氣號和機遇號所拍到的照片,但我一樣給書中的高解像照片所深深吸引。

Jim Bell作為漫遊車的全景照相機的首席科學家,在書中跟我們分享著由他後期處理的相片。這些由火星古塞夫隕石坑及子午平原所拍到的照片,代替了文字,把火星的廣大的荒蕪展示了出來。

除了壯麗的景緻外,任務的故事和科學發現也寫得十分好。由任務的計劃階段到落實,漫遊車到達火星後發現了藍莓子證實了火星的過去水的存在。加上作者的文字精簡,風趣,入門者也能容易明白。

若你希望知多一點關於火星的事、關於太空探索的事,這本書你一定不可以錯過。

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Nowadays, astronomical images can be viewed as digital form on your computer monitor so easily. However, there is a true difference between the perspectives you seen from the computer monitor compared to a high resolution print. Although I believed that I have seen many images obtained by the latest Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, I am still amazed by the high quality prints presented in the book "Postcards From Mars".

Working as the lead scientist for the Pancam, Jim Bell shared with us some of the greatest images on the Gusev Crater and the Meridiani Planum processed by him. Many of these photos are astonishing, the vastness and emptiness of Mars can use no words to describe.

Besides the wonderful scenes, the story and scientific discoveries of the rovers are also well written by Jim. As a first person working in the Mars Exploration Rover mission, he told the background story of the planning and the implementation of the mission, how exciting are the blueberries found on the Meridiani Planum and show the wetter ancient Mars. His words are simple, concise and often wit, even beginner can easily understand.

If you would like to know more about Mars, space exploration or new developments in science, this book is definitely your choice.

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