The Compact NASA Atlas of the Solar System

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Overview

Without sacrificing any of the detail or breadth of the full-size edition, the essential reference source for maps of every planet, moon, or small body investigated by NASA missions is now available in a convenient, portable format. Featuring over 150 maps, 214 color illustrations and a gazetteer that lists the names of all features officially approved by the International Astronomical Union, The Compact NASA Atlas of the Solar System includes the full range of information gathered from NASA missions throughout the Solar System. Compiled by the US Geological Survey, this atlas includes: -Geological maps -Reference maps -Shaded relief maps -Synthetic aperture radar mosaics -Color photo-mosaics that present the features of planets and their satellites This 'road map' of the solar system is the definitive guide for planetary science and should be part of every cartographers and astonomer's collection. Ronald Greeley is a Regent Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University. He is a team member of the Galileo mission to Jupiter and of the Mars Pathfinder lander. Greeley is currently a co-investigator for the European Mars Express mission. Raymond Batson spent his 35-year career with the United States Geological Survey. He has worked in terrestrial mapping and in lunar and planetary mapping. Batson served as co-investigator or team member on most NASA planetary missions, including the Apollo lunar lander missions, the Mariner Mars and Venus/Mercury mapping missions, the Viking 1 and 2 Mars mapping missions, the Voyager missions to the outer planets, and the Magellan Venus radar mapping mission.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Beautiful maps...and full-color illustrations..." Library Journal

"This spectacular atlas of the solar system is both an atlas and a brief history of astronomy...Recommended for all libraries, especially public and academic." Booklist

"An excellent collection of systematic maps, photographs, and overviews of planets and major satellites...It is unique in scope and its use of uniform formats and consistent scales...highly recommended." Library Journal

"Clear a tray in your atlas case for this magnificent tribute to four decades of space exploration...This authoritative, eye-popping resource will be invaluable to libraries." School Library Journal

"Planetary scientists Greeley and Batson have done an excellent job." NZ Science Monthly (Aug 98)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521806336
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2002
  • Pages: 406
  • Product dimensions: 9.45 (w) x 12.99 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald Greeley has a Ph.D. in Geology from the University of Missouri at Rolla, and is a Regents' Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at Arizona State University. Recent spacecraft involvement includes science team membership in the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Pathfinder lander. Currently he is preparing for the European Mars Express mission as a Co-Investigator on the German camera system.

Raymond Batson has a degree in Geology from the University of Colorado. He spent his 35-year career with the United States Geological Survey. During the first five years he worked in terrestrial mapping, with the remainder devoted to lunar and planetary mapping. Batson served as co-investigator or team member on the science teams of most NASA planetary missions, including the Apollo lunar lander missions, the Mariner Mars and Venus/Mercury mapping missions, the Viking 1 and 2 Mars mapping missions, the Voyager missions to the outer planets, and the Magellan Venus radar mapping mission.

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Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Solar system; 3. Mercury; 4. Venus; 5. Earth-Moon system; 6. Mars system; 7. Jupiter system; 8. Saturn system; 9. Uranus system; 10. Neptune system; 11. Pluto, asteroids, and comets; Glossary; Appendices; Gazetteer.

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