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The Resource The sirens of Mars : searching for life on another world, Sarah Stewart Johnson

The sirens of Mars : searching for life on another world, Sarah Stewart Johnson

Label
The sirens of Mars : searching for life on another world
Title
The sirens of Mars
Title remainder
searching for life on another world
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Stewart Johnson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"A young planetary scientist intimately details the search for life on Mars, tracing our centuries-old obsession with this seemingly desolate planet. Mars was once similar to Earth, but today there are no rivers, no lakes, no oceans. Coated in red dust, the terrain is bewilderingly empty. And yet multiple spacecraft are circling Mars, sweeping over Terra Sabaea, Syrtis Major, the dunes of Elysium, and Mare Sirenum-on the brink, perhaps, of a staggering find, one that would inspire humankind as much as any discovery in the history of modern science. In this beautifully observed, deeply personal book, Georgetown scientist Sarah Stewart Johnson tells the story of how she and other researchers have scoured Mars for signs of life, transforming the planet from a distant point of light into a world of its own. Johnson's fascination with Mars began as a child in Kentucky, turning over rocks with her father and looking at planets in the night sky. She now conducts fieldwork in some of Earth's most hostile environments, such as the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and the salt flats of Western Australia, developing methods for detecting life on other worlds. Here, with poetic precision, she interlaces her own personal journey-as a female scientist and a mother-with tales of other seekers, from Percival Lowell, who was convinced that a utopian society existed on Mars, to Audouin Dollfus, who tried to carry out astronomical observations from a stratospheric balloon. In the process, she shows how the story of Mars is also a story about Earth: This other world has been our mirror, our foil, a telltale reflection of our own anxieties and yearnings. Empathetic and evocative, The Sirens of Mars offers an unlikely natural history of a place where no human has ever set foot, while providing a vivid portrait of our quest to defy our isolation in the cosmos"--
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New York Times Notable Book, 2020
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10895411
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Johnson, Sarah Stewart
Dewey number
576.8/39099923
Index
index present
LC call number
QB641
LC item number
.J64 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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True
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  • Life on other planets
  • Mars (Planet)
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
searching for life on another world
Label
The sirens of Mars : searching for life on another world, Sarah Stewart Johnson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Into the silent sea -- The light that shifts -- Red smoke -- The gates of the wonder world -- Stone from the sky -- Traversing -- Periapsis -- The acid flats -- In aeternum -- Sweet water -- Form from a formless thing
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 266 pages
Isbn
9781101904817
Lccn
2020007280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1141031108
  • (OCoLC)1141031108
Label
The sirens of Mars : searching for life on another world, Sarah Stewart Johnson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Into the silent sea -- The light that shifts -- Red smoke -- The gates of the wonder world -- Stone from the sky -- Traversing -- Periapsis -- The acid flats -- In aeternum -- Sweet water -- Form from a formless thing
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 266 pages
Isbn
9781101904817
Lccn
2020007280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1141031108
  • (OCoLC)1141031108

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