Exploring the Solar System / Edition 1

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Drawing upon the latest results from the second golden age of Solar System exploration, author Peter Bond provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of the planets, satellites and smaller debris that orbit the Sun.

Written in an informal style, with minimal use of mathematics, this book is the ideal introductory text for non-science students and other readers with little or no science background. With the aid of numerous illustrations, many in full colour, this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is an excellent account of our present knowledge of the SolarSystem. The text is clearly written, and the full-colourillustrations are magnificent and each one has a substantialcaption...I recommend it to all who know little or nothing aboutthe Solar System." (The Observatory, March 2013)

“This textbook is right up to date, containing many recentresults from our robotic emissaries currently exploring Venus, Marsand the Saturnian system, especially the astounding discoveries theCassini-Hygens mission has made about the moons Titan andEnceladus.”  (BBC Sky At Night, 1 June 2012)

“The book would make an excellent introduction to theplanets, and the focus on exploration offers a different, lessstructured approach to an exciting and active research field, thatwill appeal to the interested non-specialist as well as students inthe field.”  (Astronomy & Geophysics,2012)

“I highly recommend the accessible and very informativebook Exploringthe Solar System by Peter Bond, to undergraduatestudents in science or in non-science related fields, and anyone inthe general public seeking an understandable yet comprehensiveoverview of the Solar System. This book provides the up to theminute information about the Sun's family that will enrich yourunderstanding of science in general, and outer space inparticular.”  (Blog Business Word, 31 March2012)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405134996
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 681,320
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Award winning author, Peter Bond, is a Fellow of both the Royal  Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. He has written 10  books and hundreds of articles about astronomy, space exploration and planet  Earth, and contributed to, or edited, numerous others. Peter has been a consultant and writer for the European Space Agency for many years, and was a  press officer for the Royal Astronomical Society 1995-2007.
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Table of Contents

1. Beginnings

2. Sun

3. Earth

4. The Moon

5. Mercury

6. Venus

7. Mars

8. Jupiter

9. Saturn

10. Uranus

11. Neptune

12. Pluto and the Kuiper Belt

13. Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites

14. Exoplanets


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    Posted June 20, 2014


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    Posted June 20, 2014


    Grabs dominos nose hi im fangkit he says.

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    Posted June 20, 2014


    Pads back to camp.

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    Posted June 20, 2014


    He pads into the forest, seeing Domino. "You are Domino, right?" He asked. "Why are you in here?" He asked, not hearing the stuff she said. He was trying to be nice.

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    Posted June 20, 2014

    GoldenFlare and SolarStar

    GoldenFlare growls. "You are never on... that's why deal with it."

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    Posted February 9, 2014


    About space

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2013

    Can not wait to read this book and learn all about the solar system.

    The solar system seems small in pictures but it is like a whole other world when you see the real thing. Can not wait to start learning about the amazing and wonderful solar system.

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    Posted January 29, 2013


    62 dollers?!?!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2012

    Loved it

    Greatest book ever

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