Like many of my generation, I was enthralled by the flights of Mercury, Gemini, and especially Apollo. As those ghostly images came down from the moon, improving on each flight, I stayed home from high school to savor every moment the networks aired. As I grew older and matured into a career and family life, fond memories of NASA's "Golden Years" stayed with me. Since then the opportunity to write numerous books about the space program, as well as to create many documentaries and short media pices about Apollo and the US Mars Program have provided me with countless hours of fascination and enjoyment. It is my deepest hope that I can impart some of the thrill and enchantment I have experienced to you.
NEWS AND UPDATES:
Rod is now on the Huffington Post
Check out my latest article in HuffPo~ always interesting.
DM is included in Scientific American's Book Club!
"Destination Mars" was recently added to Scientific American's book club.
New Reviews: Natural History, NATURE and many others...
Wide praise from NATURE, Publisher's Weekly and Natural History (featured here).
Rod Returns to WGN Chicago/Greater Midwest
In December Rod was a return guest (twice!) on the Bill Leff show on WGN, Chicago. For a full hour they discussed Mars, Curiosity and the US space program. WGN is the market leader at 50,000 watts.
Rod Interviewed on "Coast-to-Coast" with George Noory
Click here to hear an interview with George Noory about the exploration of Mars.
The Destination Mars blog
The best and latest from Mars and beyond.
New "Destination Mars" video trailer.
Click here to view.
"Destination Mars is a factual retelling of this amazing story that reads like an adventure novel. This is a book that no Mars enthusiast will want to miss." -- Ken Kramer, Los Angeles County Library System.
"The enigmatic Red Planet does not easily give up its secrets. Yet Rod Pyle's Destination Mars takes the reader on a first-class journey to this new world, one that continues to be a magnet for inquisitive scientists and space engineers. This is a superb, fact-filled, up-to-date book that portrays the legacy of spacecraft and personalities—from cheerleaders to unsung heroes—that have opened up the terra incognito that is Mars to extraordinary exploration." --Leonard David, Insider Columnist, SPACE.com
"Destination Mars brings to life an extraordinary part of human exploration—the preliminary reconnaissance of the planet of dreams over the last fifty years. Enlivened by interviews with many of the participants, you will feel as if you are exploring the planet with them." --Steven J. Dick, former NASA Chief Historian
"Mars has long held a special fascination for Americans, perhaps it might even be a planet that harbors life. Rod Pyle has written a fine account of this fascination; outlining the history of the robotic space probes sent to the red planet and the knowledge gained through these expeditions." --Roger D. Launius, PhD, senior curator, Division of Space History, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
"Tarawa: War Without Mercy" trailer
For more information and the official trailer, click here.
This film, in production for over a decade, features rarely-seen footage of the relics of the terrible battle shot on the island of Tarawa, as well as interviews with some of the few remaining survivors.
"Tarawa: War Without Mercy" is sobering and saddening, yet inspiring and insightful. It is a documentary you will not soon forget.
"Destination Moon" Online
Now available as an online read from the nice folks at HarperCollins.
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