The Mystery of Mars, by Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy, Signed by Ride, Second Edition, 2006

Ride, Sally and Tam O'Shaughnessy. The Mystery of Mars. San Diego: Sally Ride Science, 2006. Second Edition. Signed by Sally Ride on front free end page. Pictorial hardback. 

Presented is a signed, second edition of Sally Ride and Tam O'Shaughnessy’s The Mystery of Mars. The book was published by Sally Ride Science in San Diego, in 2006. It was first published in 1999. Sally Ride signed the front free end page in black felt tip pen. 

In The Mystery of Mars, pioneering astronaut Sally Ride and noted science writer Tam O'Shaughnessy draw on results from then-recent missions to Mars to present a comprehensive overview of Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor. Comparing the two planets’ evolution, geology, and geography, the two authors explain what we know about Mars today and what we can hope to learn about Mars in the future, including whether life does exist somewhere beneath its barren surface. The Mystery of Mars is an engaging and accessible introduction to the Red Planet, and an ideal guide to the coming age of Mars exploration. It is richly illustrated throughout with photographs, diagrams, illustrations, and charts. 

Sally Ride (1951-2012) earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and English and a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. In 1983, she became the first American woman to fly in space, when she made a six-day flight aboard the space shuttle Challenger. At the age of 32, she was also the youngest American in space. Sally's historic flight made her a symbol of the ability of women to break barriers and a hero to generations of adventurous young girls. She flew on Challenger again in 1984 and later was the only person to serve on both panels investigating the nation's space shuttle disasters—the Challenger explosion in 1986 and the breakup of the shuttle Columbia on reentry in 2003. After retiring from NASA, Dr. Ride became a professor of physics at the University of California, San Diego. She was also the co-founder of Sally Ride Science, a company that creates innovative programs and publications for young people interested in space and science. 

Tam O'Shaughnessy holds a master’s degree in biology and a Ph.D. in school psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She is a professor of school psychology at San Diego State University. O'Shaughnessy and Ride have co-written four other children’s science books including The Third Planet: Exploring The Earth From Space, winner of the American Institute of Physics Children’s Science Writing Award. 


Good condition overall. Second edition.  Pictorial hardback. 48pp. Orange endpapers. Black glossy pages with numerous illustrations, photographs, and charts. Signed on first free endpaper, in black felt-tipped ink. Signature reads “Sally K Ride” across the center of the page. Light bumping to the spine.  Book Dimensions: 11 5/16” H x 8 ¾” W x ½” D.

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