The Mars Challenge

The Mars Challenge

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.

Title:The Mars Challenge
ISBN:9781250258250
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    The Mars Challenge Reviews

  • Lauren

    Absolutely chocked full of information on the challenges of space flight, the limitations of the human body, the geology and chemistry of Mars, as so so much more...The book is targeted at teen audien...

  • Rod Brown

    A highly informative and entertaining look at how hard it is going to be to put humans on Mars and return them safely to Earth. It takes the form a dialogue between an aspiring astronaut and a knowled...

  • David

    Mars is hard.In fact, just the prospect of humans missions to Mars is so hard that even talking about why Mars is hard can be hard because, well, it’s hard.Alison Wilgus and Wyeth Yates’ The Mars ...

  • Paul

    The driving question in this well-drawn graphic novel is “What are all the conflicts that need to be solved before a space flight can be made to our next door neighbor, Mars?” The story is told in...

  • Sara

    Join ambitious high schooler Nadia and her mentor, ISS Pilot Eleanor, as they discuss the main problems that are face us today in getting a manned mission to Mars. The topic is presented as a conversa...

  • Becky B

    Through the conversations of an eager teen who wants to go to Mars and an adult scientist, readers learn all the hurdles that need to be passed before humans are ready for a manned mission to Mars, fr...

  • Laura

    This title gives a very detailed scientific exploration of the challenges facing any potential manned mission to Mars, from launching astronauts into space and landing on Mars to bringing them back ho...

  • stop_tolkien_and_read

    This was the most clear, concise, and colorful guide on space exploration I have yet to read. The author spent a huge amount of time researching and it definitely shows. I had to read this in chunks e...

  • Rachel

    I was given an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.First, this novel is said it is for Young Adults, I feel like it fits more in the advanced Young Readers section, reg...

  • Emily Lakdawalla

    Thorough and well-researched, The Mars Challenge describes the state of the art of work toward sending human astronauts to Mars through a dialogue between a woman who desperately wants to be among the...