Life on Mars?

Scientists using spectrometers on earth-bound telescopes announced Tuesday that they have discovered methane in the atmosphere of Mars, a possible indicator of some sort of biological activity.  This, coupled with the Phoenix Mars Lander’s recent confirmation of frozen water on the planet, continues to spark interest in the Red Planet as a current or former host to extraterrestrial life.

If you’re interested in checking out some of Greensboro Public Library’s books on either the topics of life on Mars or elsewhere in our solar system or universe, try some of these:  The Rock from Mars:  A Detective Story on Two Planets by Kathy Sawyer; Cosmic Jackpot:  Why Our Universe is Just Right for Life by Paul Davies; Life as We Do Not Know It:  The NASA Search For (and Synthesis of) Alien Life by Peter Ward; Faint Echoes, Distant Stars:  The Science and Politics of Finding Life Beyond Earth by Ben Bova; Are We Alone?:  Scientists Search for Life in Space (juvenile) by Gloria Skurzynski; Extraterrestrial Life (juvenile) by Don Nardo; Destination Mars by Alain Dupas; Looking for Life in the Universe: the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (juvenile) by Ellen Jackson; XTL: Extraterrestrial Life and How to Find It by Simon Goodwin with John Gribbin; Life Beyond Earth by Timothy Ferris; Leap of Faith:  An Astronaut’s Journey into the Unknown by Gordon Cooper, with Bruce Henderson; Other Worlds:  The Search for Life in the Universe by Michael D. Lemonick; Probability 1:  Why There Must Be Intelligent Life in the Universe by Amir D. Aczel; The Hunt for Life on Mars by Donald Goldsmith; Life on Mars (juvenile) by David Getz; Our Place in the Cosmos:  The Unfinished Revolution by Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe; and The Case for Mars:  The Plan to Settle the Red Planet and Why We Must by Robert Zubrin with Richard Wagner.

For late breaking news relating to space exploration, a colleague of mine, Mr. Robbie Owens, recommends  Of course, you can also follow recent news on this topic in the library’s database, Facts on File, as well as the NC Live network of databases.


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  1. […] you want to learn more about Mars, posts here and here list some of Greensboro Public Library’s books on the Red […]

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