Author: S. K. Das
Publisher: Rupa Publications
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Welcome dear readers to the eon-aged world of Mars, which continues to lure scientists and sci-fi authors. A well-written book aimed at 10- to 12-year-olds, others will find enough to enjoy too.
For a long time Mars had been the glint in the eyes of many sci-fi authors, who then went on to knit their whole fictional world around it. I admit, Space fascinates me, and Mars even more so. So it was very interesting for me to read a non-fiction book about Mars. The book basically provides all sorts of information about Mars that scientists have unearthed through rigorous explorations. And it also provides technical details about the mechanisms of spacecrafts, and Landers, and Rovers with the aid of labelled diagrams.
The book starts by describing in great detail the orbit, geography, land formation and weather cycle of Mars. Then there are some abstract historical details about the contributions of scientists like Copernicus, Kepler, and Huygens. The later chapters get more interesting as the author provides elaborated details about the exploration missions of both past and present that are devised by various nations.
Destination Mars concludes excitingly by giving a small account of the upcoming Mars and Sun missions of our very own ISRO. The launch of ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission is in October 2013 and the spacecraft will be in Mars’ orbit by September 2014. Imagine the opportunities we could all have to witness should everything run smoothly and successfully!
The book turned out to be a quick and exciting read (as I ended up reading it in one sitting). The language is very simple and the chapters are neatly composed. I do not recommend this book to people with an aversion to reading non-fiction on science, but it’s a very good read for those who are actually curious about the Red Planet, which is visible nearly every night in our sky.