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The Mars Challenge

The Mars Challenge

The Past, Present, and Future of Human Spaceflight

written by Alison Wilgus; illustrated by Wyeth Yates

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Travel to deep space and back again with The Mars Challenge, a nonfiction graphic novel for teens about the science and logistics of a manned mission to Mars.

Nadia is a teen with a dream: to be the first woman on Mars. But to get there, she's got to learn all she can about the science of spaceflight. It's a good thing her friend Eleanor is an Attitude Determination and Control Officer—basically, she pilots the International Space Station!

Eleanor takes Nadia on a conceptual journey through an entire crewed mission to Mars, and explains every challenge that must be overcome along the way; from escaping Earth's gravity well, to keeping the crew healthy as they travel through deep space, to setting up a Mars base, to having enough fuel for the trip home!

In The Mars Challenge, writer Alison Wilgus and artist Wyeth Yates bring the reader on a thrilling interplanetary voyage and clearly illustrate the scientific concepts and complex machinery involved. Humans can reach Mars in our lifetime—this book explains how it can be done.

Praise for The Mars Challenge

"An approachable read for those interested in both Mars and spaceflight in general, not to mention a useful classroom resource."—Booklist -

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written by Alison Wilgus; illustrated by Wyeth Yates

Alison Wilgus is a Brooklyn-based bestselling writer, editor, and cartoonist. She got her start working for Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door as a colorist and staff writer. Her work includes Science Comics: Flying Machines, illustrated by Molly Brooks, and Chronin, a science-fiction duology from Tor books and her solo debut.

Wyeth Yates is a comic book artist based in Brooklyn. He is an artist on The Castoffs (Lion Forge) and his self-published titles include Hard Luck, Sundrenchers, and The Other Gang.

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