Mars: Inhabited and a Threat?

  • Geoffrey Kirby
Part of the Astronomers' Universe book series (ASTRONOM)


Prior to the 1950s, Mars was considered to be the most plausible abode for advanced life in the Solar System. Even though recent explorations by robotic machines have ruled out the presence of creatures, there remains the prospect of discovering something like a microbial life form.

Notes and Further Reading

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    Giovanni Schiaparelli was the uncle of Else Schiaparelli, the inspiration behind “The House of Schiaparelli” couture and perfume business. As a child, Else would observe the heavens through her uncle’s telescopes.Google Scholar
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    Phillips TER, Steavenson WH (1923) Splendour of the Heavens. Hutchinson Publisher, Paternoster Row, London.Google Scholar
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    Ashbrook J (1984) The Astronomical Scrapbook, Cambridge University Press, Chapter 21.Google Scholar
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    This is reminiscent of another much esteemed American astronomer Simon Newcomb who, in 1903, stated that ‘flying machines’ were an impossibility. Two years later the Wright Brothers successfully flew in their heavier than air machine.Google Scholar
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    Mesa (Spanish for table) is the American English term for an elevated area of land with a flat top and sides – usually steep cliffs such as Table Mountain in South Africa.Google Scholar
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    Tucker SD (2017) Space Oddities: Our Strange Attempts to Explain the Universe, Amberley Publishing, London, p. 165.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Geoffrey Kirby
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  1. 1.WeymouthUK

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