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Episode 1: Pascal Lee

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Planetary scientist Pascal Lee's eight books include works by Jack London, Jules Verne, and Carl Sagan.  In this episode of Eight Books That Made Me, find out how these favorites inspired him to lead a life looking outward to the stars.

Pascal Lee is a Planetary Scientist at the SETI Institute. He is also Chairman of the Mars Institute, and Director of the NASA Haughton-Mars Project at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California. His research focses on the history of water on Mars and on planning the future human exploration of Mars. Dr. Lee has led over 30 expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctica to study Mars by comparison with the Earth. He also studies asteroids and the two moons of Mars. His first book, Mission: Mars, won the 2015 Prize for Excellence in Children’s Science Books from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Lee was also featured in the documentary film, Passage to Mars.

Dr. Lee's eight books:

  1. The Adventures of TinTin by Herge 
  2. The Call of the Wild by Jack London 
  3. Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boille 
  4. The Cosmic Connection by Carl Sagan 
  5. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau 
  6. Atlas of Astronomy by Joachim Hermann (out of print)
  7. Two Years’ Vacation (Deux Ans de Vacances) by Jules Verne
  8. In Search of Life on Mars (A La Recherce D’Une Vie Sur Mars) by Albert Ducrocq