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Ded Carl Sagan and science fiction icons Ray Bradbury and Arthur C Clarke in a conversation moderated by New York Times science editor Walter Sullivan What unfolded was a uilt of perspectives on the relationship between mankind and the cosmos the importance of space explora.

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On November 12 1971 the day before NASA’s Mariner 9 mission reached Mars and became the first spacecraft to orbit another planet Caltech Planetary Science professor Bruce Murray summoned a panel of thinkers to discuss the implications of the historic event The panel inclu.

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Tion and the future of our civilization Two years later the record of this conversation was released in Mars and the Mind of Man alongside early images of Mars taken by Mariner 9 and a selection of “afterthoughts” by the panelists looking back on the historic achievemen. Beastie Boys Book years later the record of this conversation was released in Mars and the Mind of Man alongside early images of Mars taken by Mariner 9 and a selection of “afterthoughts” by the panelists looking back on the historic achievemen.


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  1. says:

    This is actually the transcript of remarks given at a panel in November 1971 prior to the Mariner 9 probe entering orbit around Mars The panel was held at CalTech and consisted of Carl Sagan Ray Bradbury Arthur C Clarke and Bruce Murray professor of planetary sciences at CalTech and was moderated by Walter Sullivan science editor at the NYT at the time The first part of the book are the panelists' remarks during the event The second part of the book are remarks each panelist wrote a year after Mariner 9 entered orbit Being a big Bradbury fan his remarks are my favorite however all the panelists including Sullivan present very interesting viewpoints on Mars space exploration and its place within both American culture and humankind's evolution It's a super short read at just 143 pages and you get everything from the scientific analytical take from Murray to the fantastical view from the two writers Sagan's writing is a blend of both and is compelling as well


  2. says:

    Delightful This book interviews leading Mars scientists and sci fi authors on the eve of Mariner 9's arrival at Mars soliciting guesses about what we might see and then two years later asks them to reflect on what we DID see The transformation is a glimpse of science at its best responding to what we observe and giving up outdated expectations as well as the bravery of making predictions about the unknown It really drives home the importance of this mission and how it transformed our understanding of Mars


  3. says:

    This was a very interesting look at the history of not just the American but Soviet Russia for you young ones exploration of Mars There was a seminar on the eve of Mariner 9 entering Martian orbit The panel consisted of Ray Bradbury Arthur C Clarke Bruce Murray Carl Sagan Walter Sullivan They had a lot to say about the history fiction and science of Mars It was interesting to see where what they believed would be changing shortly once the images started to arrive from Mariner 9 The second half of the book was the thoughts of the panel members written a year later In some of the writings you can detect the post Apollo mission decline of support for space exploration it is kind of sad to see and living today knowing there is so little support for science and exploration The writings were just so very interesting especially what Ray Bradbury had to say and Mr Bradbury's poetry If you have an interest in science and exploration along with fiction this is a book you should read The look back is amazing


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