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Mars
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HiRISE is the most powerful camera ever sent to another planet, showing us Mars in astonishing detail. Featuring an outstanding and never-before-published collection of HiRISE high-resolution color images with explanatory captions in twenty-four languages, this book offers a unique volume produced from an active NASA mission.

Mars enthusiasts will appreciate these perfect snapshots of our current understanding of Mars, with soon-to-be classic pictures that have come to define our vision of the Red Planet. These images and their interpretations will be held as a yardstick for future exploration as we learn more about the surface and geologic processes of the fourth planet from the Sun.

With tantalizing and artistic glimpses at actively eroding slopes, impact craters, strange polar landscapes, avalanches, and even spectacular descent pictures of probes like the Phoenix Lander and the Mars Science Laboratory, we see what researchers are seeing.

Through vivid and beautiful images, this book underscores the need for such a camera on future orbiters, especially as more landing missions are planned. Mars: The Pristine Beauty of the Red Planet provides a stunning keepsake of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments in space travel.
 

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Half Title, Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Map of Mars
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Part I. Modern Mars
  2. pp. 1-2
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  1. 1. Dunes, Sand Sheets, and Wind
  2. pp. 3-32
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  1. 2. Young Impact Craters
  2. pp. 33-52
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  1. 3. Gullies and Flows on Steep Slopes
  2. pp. 53-92
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  1. 4. Landslides and Avalanches
  2. pp. 93-114
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  1. 5. Icy Middle Latitudes
  2. pp. 115-134
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  1. 6. Polar Ice Caps
  2. pp. 135-164
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  1. 7. Seasonal Dry Ice
  2. pp. 165-186
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  1. Part II. Ancient Mars
  2. pp. 187-188
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  1. 8. Channels and Alluvial Fans
  2. pp. 189-210
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  1. 9. Sedimentary Layers and Lakes
  2. pp. 211-246
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  1. 10. Mineral Diversity
  2. pp. 247-270
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  1. 11. Volcanism
  2. pp. 271-296
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  1. 12. Tectonics
  2. pp. 297-312
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  1. 13. Floors of Large, Ancient Impact Craters
  2. pp. 313-332
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  1. 14. Bedrock Geology
  2. pp. 333-362
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  1. Part III. All Over the World
  2. pp. 363-364
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  1. 15. Diverse Landscapes
  2. pp. 365-386
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  1. 16. Mysteries and Oddities
  2. pp. 387-406
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  1. 17. Rovers and Landers
  2. pp. 407-426
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  1. The Sons of Ares
  2. pp. 427-432
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 433-434
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  1. Glossary
  2. p. 435
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  1. About the Authors
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