Robinson Family Aerospace Mission’s featured book: Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission
Our featured book is Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission by Andrew Kessler.
In his 341 page book, Andrew Kessler recounts his ninety day journey with the Phoenix Mars Lander expedition, led by Principal Investigator Peter Smith. To a space enthusiast, Kessler’s three month summer in mission control is a dream. His non-fiction account entails spending time with the scientists who engineered and orchestrated the success and discoveries of the Phoenix Mars Lander.
“Spend a summer exploring the Martian Arctic—something that has taken nearly the entirety of human knowledge to achieve. The Phoenix Mars Mission was the first man-made probe ever sent to the Martian Arctic. They wanted to find out how climate change can turn a warm, wet planet into a cold, barren desert. Some might call it a trivial pursuit, but it’s probably the most impressive feat we humans can achieve, and it took the culmination of nearly the entirety of human knowledge to do it. Along the way, the Phoenix discovered a giant frozen ocean trapped beneath the north pole of Mars, exotic food for aliens, and liquid water. This is not science fiction. It’s fact. Not bad for a summer holiday.”
-Overview of Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission by Andrew Kessler