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

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A DAZZLING JOURNEY

The trunks are packed, your passport's in order. But instead of sailing to Le Havre for a Cook's tour of the Continent, you're embarking on a voyage through the solar system. That is the wonder of THE GRAND TOUR.

Originally published in 1981 and now completely updated by the scientific findings of the past decade, the revised edition of THE GRAND TOUR includes 10 new chapters, 52 new and/or revised paintings, 24 new ...

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Overview

A DAZZLING JOURNEY

The trunks are packed, your passport's in order. But instead of sailing to Le Havre for a Cook's tour of the Continent, you're embarking on a voyage through the solar system. That is the wonder of THE GRAND TOUR.

Originally published in 1981 and now completely updated by the scientific findings of the past decade, the revised edition of THE GRAND TOUR includes 10 new chapters, 52 new and/or revised paintings, 24 new photographs, and new drawings and maps. Through its unique marriage of art and fact, the book transports readers to unimaginable places-worlds of pure ice and utter night, of volcanic tumult and swirling acid clouds, of deep cut canyons and startingly beautiful vistas. From the vast reaches of Jupiter to tiny frozen Rhea, orbiting like a snowball around Saturn, it takes us on a journey of astonishing proportions.

Astronomer William K. Hartmann is internationally known as a planetary scientist, painter, and writer. Ron Miller, a former director of the Albert Einstein Spacearium at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C., is widely known for his astronomical and science-fiction paintings. Their other collaborations include Out of the Cradle, Cycles of Fire, and The History of Earth.

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: 707,075
  • 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

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APPENDIX

Glossary

Further Reading

Index

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