Mars Rover Curiosity

  • by Rob Manning, William L. Simon
  • Narrated by Bronson Pinchot
  • 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the course of our enduring quest for knowledge about ourselves and our universe, we haven't found answers to one of our most fundamental questions: Does life exist anywhere else in the universe? Ten years and billions of dollars in the making, the Mars rover Curiosity is poised to answer this all-important question.
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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Great Insight Into The Rover Building

I really enjoyed listening to this title about the car sized rovers that landed on Mars. The story goes behind the scenes of the building and political aspect of just starting a project and even how a project can be scrapped after spending upwards of $500,000,000 ( Half a Billion ). I'm glad I bought this title and the narrator done am excellent job keeping me focused on the story. I'd highly recommend to people fascinated by such achievements made by man.
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- Paul C

Really interesting insight

What did you like most about Mars Rover Curiosity?

Interesting details about the project, how it was run and the problems faced.


What did you like best about this story?

Details about the technical challenges and how as a team they worked through (most) of them


What does Bronson Pinchot bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

An american accent


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no


Any additional comments?

Very enjoyable

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- Mr. Tim Fowle

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-10-2014
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.