Here, Rob Manning, the project's chief engineer, tells of bringing the groundbreaking spacecraft to life. Manning and his team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, tasked with designing a lander many times larger and more complex than any before, faced technical setbacks, fights over inadequate resources, and the challenges of leading an army of brilliant, passionate, and often frustrated experts.
Manning's fascinating personal account - which includes information from his exclusive interviews with leading Curiosity scientists - is packed with tales of revolutionary feats of science, technology, and engineering. Listeners experience firsthand the disappointment at encountering persistent technical problems, the agony of near defeat, the sense of victory at finding innovative solutions to these problems, the sheer terror of staking careers and reputations on a lander that couldn't be tested on Earth, and the rush of triumph at its successful touchdown on Mars on August 5, 2012. This is the story of persistence, dedication, and unrelenting curiosity.
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By mr Peter Mo on 07-01-15
I really enjoyed this one. I read a lot about Curiosity and I also attended seminars with speakers that work on it. And still, I've learned so much from this book that it makes me happy that I lived to see this great achievement.
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By Wakeman on 04-05-18
Building a rover under the bureaucracy of NASA
An interesting book, as much for the design & building processes of the rover, as for its portrayal of the inner workings of the NASA bureaucracy. The delivery is a little dry and occasionally flat, but the subject carries you through those moments. The fact that there is someone whose job is to consider contamination of other planets by earthly bacteria & who has to sign off on the project gives you just a flavour. I thought that the last few chapters, involving the landing, felt a little rushed, especially given the long build-up.
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By Lesley on 29-12-14
A fascinating insight
Would you listen to Mars Rover Curiosity again? Why?
I've been interested in space exploration since I saw the first moon landing at the age of about seven. I'm fascinated by the technical challenges, and the nuts and bolts of making a mission like this happen. I will be keeping this book and re-listening, for certain.
What three words best describe Bronson Pinchot’s performance?
Careful but dull. Everything is pronounced correctly, the pacing works well for me, and there are no major flaws that I can detect. Occasionally he places the emphasis strangely in a sentence - or at least, differently to how I would read it. But my main complaint is that for a topic that excites me, it's a very flat emotionless presentation. This is a story of how an amazing event was planned and achieved; the reading should be as interesting as the material.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Absolutely. I wanted to stay up all night listening to it.
Any additional comments?
Perhaps I am a little biased in my expectations, having heard an interview with Bob Manning before I bought the book. I would have loved to have heard it read by him.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
By Sean D. Mcclinton on 24-03-15
Good chronological overview. Right amount of technical info for a "non-technical" person like myself. Wasn't quite as inspiring as other space related audibles I have listened to, but seems to be intended to be more factual.
12 of 12 people found this review helpful