The Grand Tour: A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System

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Anyone with a little extra cash and a plane ticket can take a “grand tour” of Europe. But a tour of the Solar System? Now that’s an experience deserving of the word grand. Introducing the new edition of the book praised as “spectacular” (London Times), “eye-boggling” (Future Life),“concise and informative . . . the colorful and imaginative paintings steal the show” (Chicago Tribune), with “page after page filled with new color paintings, each the well-controlled evocation of a spectacular scene” (Scientific ...
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Overview


Anyone with a little extra cash and a plane ticket can take a “grand tour” of Europe. But a tour of the Solar System? Now that’s an experience deserving of the word grand. Introducing the new edition of the book praised as “spectacular” (London Times), “eye-boggling” (Future Life),“concise and informative . . . the colorful and imaginative paintings steal the show” (Chicago Tribune), with “page after page filled with new color paintings, each the well-controlled evocation of a spectacular scene” (Scientific American).Originally published in 1981 and revised in 1993, The Grand Tour, an astronomy classic with 196,000 copies in print, takes readers on an imaginative trip through every corner of the solar system, in much the same way as Cook’s once took travelers on a grand tour of the Continent.

Completely updated and revised and drawing on discoveries made by Voyager I and II, Magellan, Galileo, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Mars Global Surveyor Mission and other space initiatives, The Grand Tour is a dazzling journey that combines lush art and up-to-the-minute science. One hundred new paintings give travelers an unprecedented view of phenomena such as Saturn’s rings from Saturn itself; the rusty-red dune fields of Mars; the rugged surface of Mercury, saturated with impact craters; and the Kuiper Belt of planetesimals, the largest of which is Pluto—now considered a half-planet. From the vast reaches of Jupiter to tiny frozen Rhea, like a snowball orbiting around Saturn, it is a journey of astonishing proportions.

Introduces more than 30 celestial bodies. With full color paintings, charts, photos, and maps.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
This book starts readers on Jupiter and proceeds, in order of decreasing size, with stops at the 25 worlds larger than a thousand kilometers across, their satellites, and selected comets and asteroids. Filled with photographs, paintings, drawings and maps for hours of touring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761135470
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,435,939
  • Product dimensions: 7.98 (w) x 10.06 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

William K. Hartmann is the author, most recently, of A Traveler’s Guide to Mars and co-author of Out of the Cradle. He is an internationally known scientist, writer, and painter, and winner of the first Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. He has an asteroid—#3341—named after him. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

Ron Miller, co-author of Out of the Cradle, is an illustrator known for his astronomical and science fiction paintings, and served as a production illustrator for the movies Dune and Total Recall. He is a fellow of the British Interplanetary Society and member of the Academy of Astronautics. He lives in King George, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introducing the Territory

PART I: THE FIFTEEN LARGEST WORLDS


JUPITER: Planet of the Gods

SATURN: Lord of the Rings

URANUS: A Sideways World

NEPTUNE: The Last Giant

EARTH: The Planet of Life

VENUS: The Veiled Inferno

MARS: The Rusted Planet

GANYMEDE: A New Wrinkle

TITAN: The Masked Moon

MERCURY: Child of the Sun

CALLISTO: The Battered Moon

IO: A World Turning Inside Out

THE MOON: Earth's Companion

EUROPA: An Icy Cue Ball

TRITON: A World Out of Place

PART II: SELECTED SMALLER WORLDS

Pluto and Charon

Titania and Oberon

Rhea

Iapetus

Umbriel and Ariel

Dione and Tethys

1 Ceres

Enceldus

4 Vesta

Miranda

Mimas

Nereid

624 Hektor

Amalthea

2060 Chiron

Janus and Epimetheus

Themus

Naiad

Comet P/Schwassmann-Wachmann I

Phobos and Deimos

951 Gaspra

Halley's Comet

1221 Amor and 1862 Apollo

4769 Castalia and 4179 Toutatis

1991 BA

APPENDIX

Glossary

Further Reading

Index

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