Contents

I Introduction to Mars 1 II Mars: Historical Background 7 III Mars in the Solar System 33

IV Mars as a Planet 57 V The Atmosphere of Mars 73 VI The Surface of Mars 99 VII The Clouds and Haze of Mars 137 VIII The Origin of Life 153 IX The Formation of Prebiological Materials 177

X The Possibility of Life on Mars 209

XI The Detection of Life on Mars 225

XII Avoidance of Contamination of Mars 247

XIII Exploration of Mars With Spacecraft 273

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