Mission to Mars

Exploration of the Red Planet

David Baker

The full story so far of man's missions to Mars and future plans to explore the red planet.
Date Published :
April 2021
Publisher :
Mortons Books
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911658078
Pages : 250
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : Not Yet Published. Available for Pre-Order


For as long as humans have gazed up at points of light in the night sky, the mysterious red planet Mars has held an irresistible fascination. As the planet in our solar system most likely to be capable of supporting life after Earth, many questions about its origin and evolution have arisen alongside speculation about its potential as a new home for migrating human colonists.

Since 1964, Mars has been a magnet for fly-by spacecraft, orbiters, landers and roving vehicles. Plans have been laid to send astronauts on these routes pioneered by robots too – but the questions remain. Just what do we know about the Red Planet? Where has this knowledge come from? Can we really live there?

This book tells the exciting story of the spacecraft sent to explore an alien world that has fascinated humans for centuries and determine whether life might be found there. Mars is humankind’s next great goal in space. The new Space Race has begun!

About The Author

David Baker worked with NASA on the Gemini, Apollo and Shuttle programs between 1965 and 1990. He has written more than 100 books on space flight, aviation, and military technology and is the former editor of Jane’s Space Directory and Jane’s Aircraft Upgrades. In 1986, he was made a member of the International Academy of Astronautics by NASA manned flight boss George Mueller and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a member of the US Air Force Association. He received the 1998 Rolls-Royce Award for Aerospace Journalist of the Year and in 2005 he was a recipient of the Arthur C Clarke Award. In October 2017, he received the American Astronautical Society’s Frederick I. Ordway III award “for a sustained excellence in space coverage, through books and articles, as well as engagement in the early US space program”. David is currently the editor of Spaceflight, the monthly space news magazine of the British Interplanetary Society, of which he is also a Fellow, a lecturer, and consultant.