Mars has always dominated our imagination—and now we are discovering more and more about the reality of the Red Planet. Lush and authoritative, this fascinating guide brings Mars to vivid life through incredible images (some never before published) taken from the Mars rovers, manned spaceflights, the International Space Station, and the Hubble telescope. Red Planet examines the scale of Mars, what we understand about its inhospitable climate, and how our newfound knowledge will inform humanity's attempts, finally, to build long-term colonies there.
Giles Sparrow FRAS studied astronomy at University College, London, and science communication at Imperial College, before embarking on a career in publishing. Starting out as an editor, he worked on various popular reference books, including DK’s Eyewitness series, as well as their Space Encyclopedia and Dinosaur Encyclopedia. He is now a popular science author with a string of beautiful and successful books for adults and children under his belt, including DK’s bestselling Universe: The Definitive Visual Guide, the Exploring the Solar System series for Heinemann, the successful Cosmos (2006) for Quercus, and many others.