The Red Planet is an excellent book that tells the story of the first manned mission to Mars. It is a must read for anyone interested in space exploration.
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Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war, and is often referred to as the “Red Planet” because the reddish iron oxide prevalent on its surface gives it a reddish appearance that is distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts and polar ice caps of Earth.
Summary of the book
Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System, after Mercury. Named after the Roman god of war, it is often described as the “Red Planet” owing to its reddish appearance. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts and polar caps of Earth.
The days on Mars are pretty much like Earth’s, but it has just over half an Earth day (24 hours 37 minutes) because its year is only about two Earth years long (687 days). A Martian day is thus called a “sol”. The word “sol” derives from Latin solus, meaning “sun”. A Mars day is sometimes referred to as a “tenth of a waking hour”. Because of Mars’ elliptical orbit around the Sun, a solar day—that is, one complete revolution with respect to the Sun—is actually longer than a Martian “sol” by about 40 minutes (24 hours 40 minutes).
My opinion of the book
I found The Red Planet to be an interesting, if not entirely believable, story. The characters were well-developed and the plot moved along at a good pace. I did find the ending to be a bit rushed and unsatisfying, but overall it was an enjoyable read.
After reading The Red Planet, it’s safe to say that the book lives up to the hype. It’s a fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat thriller that will keep you coming back for more.
Although the book is a bit predictable at times, it’s still a fun ride. If you’re looking for a heart-pounding, action-packed read, then look no further than The Red Planet.