Generations of scientists and stargazers have studied the Red Planet and pondered its possibilities. Commissioned by NASA itself, this volume is the authoritative history of the start of the agency's explorations of our closest neighbor. It recounts the often fragile cooperation among people in government, industry, and academia, and is highlighted by dozens of photos taken by Viking cameras.
Formerly a historian at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Edward Clinton Ezell is a curator of military history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. Linda Neuman Ezell is a historian at NASA Headquarters.