NASA Missions to Mars:
A Visual History of Our Quest to Explore the Red Planet

Motorbooks, 2022, 198 pp., Hardcover. $50.00. www.quarto.com

Gorgeously illustrated with NASA photography, the large-format NASA Missions to Mars examines everything from the first tentative steps toward the fourth planet to the 2021 landing of the Perseverance rover and beyond. Space exploration has always been about pushing boundaries, but perhaps the achievement that has most piqued a sense of possibility has been the exploration of Mars. Beginning with Soviet and American flybys in the early 1960s that were part and parcel of the Space Race, acclaimed space historian Piers Bizony continues through complete coverage of the Viking 1 and 2 missions of 1975–1976. Bizony also traces NASA’s acclaimed rover program, describing the development, technologies, mission histories, and achievements of the rovers Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit, and Curiosity — all on the 25th anniversary of their first landing.

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