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Mars: The Red Planet: 11/02/09
Mars: The Red Planet is a nonfiction introduction to basic astrophysics aimed at "young readers." The book uses Mars to teach key concepts like perihelia vs. aphelia, rotation vs revolution, mass vs. density and so forth. All of the lessons are keyed specifically to Mars.
For someone new to physics and astronomy the book provides a solid foundation. For readers who have had high school or introductory courses in college, it's a good reminder of how things work. It's a fairly quick read for such a heavy subject
As the book was published in 1977 it doesn't have any of the recent expeditions to the planet. There is nothing about the Mars rovers and the data they've sent back
I read this book for the Science Book challenge