Asteroids

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An up-to-the-minute examination of asteroids. Are they debris or minor planets? Timely topics include a visit by the Galileo spacecraft to Gaspra and Ida, the discovery of a new class of asteroid, and the recent doubling of the number of known asteroids to ten thousand. We live in an enormously large place -- the Universe. It is only natural that we would want to understand this place, so scientists and engineers have developed instruments and spacecrafts that have told us far more about the Universe than we ...
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Overview

An up-to-the-minute examination of asteroids. Are they debris or minor planets? Timely topics include a visit by the Galileo spacecraft to Gaspra and Ida, the discovery of a new class of asteroid, and the recent doubling of the number of known asteroids to ten thousand. We live in an enormously large place -- the Universe. It is only natural that we would want to understand this place, so scientists and engineers have developed instruments and spacecrafts that have told us far more about the Universe than we could possibly imagine. We have seen planets up close, and spacecrafts have even landed on some. We have learned about quasars and pulsars, supernovas and colliding galaxies, and black holes and dark matter. We have gathered amazing data about how the Universe may have come into being and how it may end. Nothing could be more astonishing. Many of the objects in the Universe are huge, but many small objects exist in space, as well. These objects would be too small to see if they were very far away from Earth, but some of them are right here in our own Solar System. Hundreds of thousands of minor planets called asteroids travel around the Sun in orbits just as planets do. Some come very close to us, some stay quite far away, and some follow peculiar orbits. Asteroids come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Introduces the bodies in space also known as planetoids, minor planets, or when they stray from their paths, meteoroids.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836832334
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Series: Isaac Asimov's 21st Century Library of the Universe
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.96 (w) x 10.22 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Isaac Asimov
The godfather of science fiction, Isaac Asimov is the genreā€™s undisputed master and one of the most prolific authors of all time. From his famous Foundation trilogy to his later stories, Asimov took fiction to new, strange, and often wondrous places.

Biography

To list Isaac Asimov's honors, as to list his books, would be excessive. Let it simply be noted that Isaac Asimov was the most famous, most honored, most widely read, and most beloved science fiction author of all time. In his five decades as an author, he wrote more than four hundred books, won every award his readers and colleagues could contrive to give him, and provided pleasure and insight to millions. He died in 1992, still at work.

Author biography courtesy of HarperCollins.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      January 20, 1920
    2. Place of Birth:
      Petrovichi, Russia
    1. Date of Death:
      April 6, 1992
    2. Place of Death:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

Table of Contents

To Be or Not to Be--A Planet? 4
The Missing Planet? 6
The Many Sizes and Shapes of Asteroids 8
Jupiter's Captured Moons 10
Beyond the Asteroid Belt 12
Asteroids or Comets? 14
A Threat to Earth? 16
Picture Perfect 18
Space Mining 20
Journey to the Asteroid Belt 22
Future Resources 24
A New Frontier 26
Fact File: The Asteroids 28
More Books about Asteroids 30
CD-ROMs 30
Web Sites 30
Places to Visit 30
Glossary 31
Index 32
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