I learned a lot from this book and enjoyed every page of it. In particular, I discovered a software application that the scientists and engineers use to coordinate Curiosity's daily activities, and manage the science data it sends back. The Mars Science Laboratory Interface (MSLICE) was only mentioned briefly, but it opened up a whole new interest area for me: mission operations software. Software like MSLICE helps the team make the most effective use of Curiosity's instruments within a Martian solar day (sol).
If you enjoy anything related to MSL, definitely check out this book. Or if you're curious about what happens within the 15 years or so from when an instrument is first dreamed up, until the day it actually launches on a mission, then this book won't disappoint. I'll keep an eye out for more insightful books like this, written by other science team members.
This book pairs well with the following:
LANL Researcher Roger Wiens Discusses ChemCam
A LANL Scientist's Dream Takes Off to Zap Rocks on Mars
Applying Trendy Technologies to NASA Mission Operations Planning
Genesis Spacecraft Crash Landing
If you've read this book too, give me a shout!