Exploring Mercury: The Iron Planet


Robert Strom and Anne Sprague present, for the first time, a brand new treatment of the study and exploration of Mercury through the Mariner and then Messenger missions that will stir the imagination of readers and break new ground in the scientific frontier of our understanding of the planet.
Provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of Mercury Covers all aspects of the planet’s exploration by the Mariner 10 and future ...

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Robert Strom and Anne Sprague present, for the first time, a brand new treatment of the study and exploration of Mercury through the Mariner and then Messenger missions that will stir the imagination of readers and break new ground in the scientific frontier of our understanding of the planet.
Provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of Mercury Covers all aspects of the planet’s exploration by the Mariner 10 and future missions, including Messenger

The planned, accompanying CD ROM will contain all of the best individual Mariner 10 images, the data for each image, photomosaics, maps, some MESSENGER graphics, and public domain software for the PC and Mac.

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Sky & Telescope

"You can bring yourself up to speed on all that astronomers know and still have yet to learn about Mercury in this comprehensive text, which starts with classical mythology and progresses through telescopic, radar and spacecraft scrutiny. The book is bundled with a CD-ROM filled with images from Mariner 10, the only spacecraft to date to have visited Mercury."

"This new book ... neatly summarises our present knowledge of this enigmatic world on the eve of a new revolution in Mercury studies. … The book also comes with an excellent CD-ROM containing an extensive set of the best Mariner 10 images, including large mosaics and maps. The book is worth getting for this alone." (Liftoff, Issue 220, March-April, 2004)

"For anyone interested in Mercury this is a very informative book on the subject. Beginning with the history of the planet from ancient observations to the earliest observations with telescopes and up to the present using the most modern equipment to study this elusive planet. … The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM which features all the best images from Mariner 10 including data from each image, photomosiacs and maps." (Lar Quigley, Astronomy & Space, March, 2005)

"With the Messenger Mercury probe en route Exploring Mercury, the latest book in the Springer Praxis Astronomy and Space Science series, is timely. It’s written by two planetary scientists and comprehensively reviews what is currently known about the tiny planet. … A nice touch – a CD-ROM is included containing over seven hundred of the best Mariner images and mosaics … . The book is technical but written so that an interested amateur can understand it without specialist knowledge." (GlenThomas, Astronomy Now, November, 2004)

"Exploring Mercury provides a very useful backdrop to the Messenger mission, for it succinctly summarises … about this enigmatic world. The book is profusely illustrated with diagrams, monochrome Mariner 10 pictures and a sprinkling of colour plates. Inside the back cover, by way of an added bonus, is a CD-ROM of the most detailed Mariner 10 images. … Exploring Mercury is a highly readable and most informative account of our current state of knowledge about this crater-scarred and metal-rich world … ." (Ron Toft, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Vol. 114 (3), 2004)

"The book by Strom and Sprague concentrates on the state of our knowledge regarding the nearby, but elusive planet Mercury. ... This book presents a thorough review of what is known and looks ahead to future developments. It is an important contribution to the relatively limited literature regarding Mercury. An accompanying CD contains all the best Mariner 10 data with photo-mosaics and maps." (Noël Cramer, ORION, Vol. 62 (321), 2004)

"This is one of the few popular level books published solely about Mercury. It provides an interesting overview of visual telescopic observations. ... It has a useful appendix listing in alphabetical order, the names of all of Mercury’s craters and surface features … plus a comprehensive bibliography. … As a bonus, the book contains a CD with over 600 MB of Mariner 10 images, mosaics and maps … . This book is highly recommended … ." (Roger Feasey, AAS Journal, April, 2004)

"Robert Strom and Ann Sprague have published many papers on Mercury planetary science. They are more than just fans, they are world experts. In Exploring Mercury they have condensed all that is known to date about this enigmatic planet into a well-referenced, eminently readable, accessible, and superbly illustrated monograph. … Their enthusiasm is infectious. This book will rocket Mercury to the top of the ‘must visit next’ planet list." (David W. Hughes, The Observatory, Vol. 124 (1179), 2004)

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Table of Contents

Preface List of Figs, Tables and Plates Additional information on CD
1. The Twilight Planet
2. The Mariner 10 Mission
3. Mercury's Motions
4. Mercury's Size, Mass and Density
5. Mercury’s Magnetic Field and Internal Constitution
6. Mercury’s Surface-Bounded Exosphere
7. General Surface Features and Radar Characteristics
8. Surface Composition
9. The Impact Cratering Record
10. Plains: Smooth and Intercrater
11. Tectonics
12. History and Origin
13. Future Exploration of Mercury Appendix A Orbital and Physical Data for Mercury Appendix B Glossary and Terms Appendix C Names and Locations of Mercury’s Surface Features Bibliography Index Appendix
1. Glossary of Terms
2. Orbital and Physical Data of Mercury
3. Names and Locations of Mercury's Surface Features

CD ROM Containing
1. README explanation of CD contents and instructions for minimal image processing
2. All good 1st, 2nd , and 3rd encounter Mariner 10 Images (about 1000)
3. PC and Macintosh Software for opening and manipulating images (NIH Image; public domain software)
4. Possibly Digital Maps and Mariner 10 photomosaics
5. Some MESSENGER graphics including a movie of the spacecraft trajectory.

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