About the book
Mars has been an important target of research for many decades. Not only is it a fascinating geological site but it has many other tantalizing features, including 2 unique moons. The planetary surface has many features that imply a rich and dynamic past. Mars awaits our new exploration projects.
This important planet may have been a habitat for past life. Our knowledge of Mars has improved with the use of many robotic explorers. The Viking missions of the 1970’s used small laboratories to test the martian regolith for the signs of life. While those experimental results were negative or inconclusive, additional research points to potential abodes of simple underground life. Water on Mars seems plentiful; the discovery of martian extensive water supplies may enable a practical and vital human base or colony. Many ideas for in-situ resource utilization have shown us creative uses of the martian regolith and atmosphere to bolster exploration, discovery, and colonization.
Human and robotic exploration will work hand in hand to unlock the secrets of Mars. This book will gather together new and renewed research to provide new keys to those secrets.