Distant Worlds: Milestones in Planetary Exploration / Edition 1

Distant Worlds: Milestones in Planetary Exploration / Edition 1

by Peter Bond, P. Bond
     
 

ISBN-10: 0387402128

ISBN-13: 9780387402123

Pub. Date: 02/28/2007

Publisher: Springer New York

Every planet and other significant body in our solar system (including some asteroids, but not Pluto) has been or soon will be landed on, crashed into, flown by, or otherwise prodded and peered at for whatever information it will yield. The lion's share of all of this exploration has been done and will continue to be done in unmanned missions. Because these

Overview

Every planet and other significant body in our solar system (including some asteroids, but not Pluto) has been or soon will be landed on, crashed into, flown by, or otherwise prodded and peered at for whatever information it will yield. The lion's share of all of this exploration has been done and will continue to be done in unmanned missions. Because these missions lack the obvious human drama and personal danger present in manned missions, they tend to receive less public attentio and, in Peter Bond'sview, are probably somewhat undervalued in the popular imagination. But if we draw back and look at the whole history of the last 40 years of space exploration, a very different and extremely exciting story emerges. Peter Bond provides an overview of key, unmanned missions, chapter by chapter, to planets in the twentieth century. He tells the story of the mission planners and engineers who, working mostly in the background, made these unprecedented achievements in scientific exploration possible. Bond's perspective provides a much-needded overview, but it also details the very human feelings that animated the intense rivalries between the Soviet Union and the United States, and most recently the difficulties that arose in collaborations between NASA and ESA on the Rosetta and Halley's Comet missions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387402123
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
02/28/2007
Edition description:
2007
Pages:
324
Product dimensions:
8.10(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Discovering Distant Worlds.- Mercury: The Iron Planet.- Venus: The Runaway Greenhouse.- The Moon: Queen of the night.- Mars: The red planet.- Asteroids: Vermin of the skies.- Jupiter: King of the planets.- Saturn: Lightweight lord of the rings.- Uranus: The toppled giant.- Neptune: The last giant.- Pluto: King of the Kuiper Belt.- Comets: Cosmic icebergs.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >