Destination Mars Book Review
In this scientifically-geared book, Destination Mars, Rod Pyle works to highlight some of the knowledge gathered concerning the famous red planet, as well as some of its secrets. Product was received for review purposes and this post may contain affiliate links.
Admittedly, I’m not a huge science fanatic. It was just never really my area. I became interested in this book, however, after hearing a story from my long-term boyfriend about the time he went to space camp as a child. Now, among all of the stories I’ve heard from this man, and all of the time we have spent together, I had never heard him speak of this experience before. What was so interesting to me, though, was that despite his lack of mentioning this trip, the light I saw in his eyes when describing his experiences there was powerful and I couldn’t help but wonder what all of the fuss was about. The next day the opportunity to review this book was offered to me. Mission accepted.
What I found so interesting about this book, besides learning basically everything Pyle had to tell me (I was largely unaware of virtually everything found within the pages of this lovely text), was the behind-the-scenes effect provided concerning the popular images that have ultimately come to shape our understanding of Mars, the planet. Then, by reinforcing these images with scientific information and history, a complete painting of the transformation of Mars is created in a new way. Pyle offered a way to understand human’s fascination with over the centuries, which is surely something that is not widely acknowledged.
Although I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this book to my little sister (although she is rather brilliant for a 10 year old…on second thought, I may actually let her borrow my copy…), it is superb for those who are curious about the red planet seen nearly nightly in our sky. Additionally, the glimpse provided concerning the ‘Mars analogs’, or the Earth-based places that are strangely Mars-like used by scientists to conduct studies is surely something new to many of us. Just think, NASA’s famous Mars Science Laboratory mega-rover heading out sometime in August of this year is enough to get anyone excited. Imagine the opportunities we could all have to witness should everything run smoothly and successfully! Pyle offers a background to this mission that I have never seen before. It’s all quite fun!