Planetary Mapping

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Planetary Mapping describes the history and process of mapping planets and satellites beyond the Earth. Mapping planetary bodies is a unique process much different from ordinary terrestrial cartography. The book begins with an introduction to the differences between terrestrial and planetary mapping and continues with a general discussion of the history of planetary mapping. The fundamentals of cartographic techniques are described in detail, and appendixes on map formats and projects, halftone processes for planetary maps, and available mission data are also included. The general language used in this book will make it accessible to researchers and students in planetary science as well as cartographers, photogrammetrists, geodesists, geologists, and geophysicists.

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" important reference book that fills a long-neglected gap in the literature and should be widely consulted by planetary investigators and other interested parties." Lunar and Planetary Institute Bulletin

"Since the field is distinct in many ways from terrestrial mapping...this book is likely to be a standard reference for many years and a useful introduction to the field for newcomers to planetary cartography....should appeal to both cartographers interested in an unfamiliar aspect of mapping and to astronomers who want to know more about maps of other worlds. Any large library should contain this book, and I can recommend this fascinating look at a little known aspect of cartography to lovers of both maps and space exploration." Philip J. Stooke, Cartographica

"...a wonderful find for both the researchers who use the planetary and satellite maps and for historians of planetary exploration....Greeley and Batson are indeed to be commended for compiling such a rich collection of chapters on this infrequently considered and important aspect of planetary exploration."

"The editors have generally succeeded in showing how they, with their colleagues, have solved the many problems associated with planetary cartography to produce the most comprehensive series of maps now available. The result is by far the most comprehensive book on the subject yet can safely be recommended to a wide audience. It is technical enough to be a convenient reference for planetary scientists, astronomers and their graduate students. Jargon is kept to a minimum and only a few sections are mathematical, so it should be accessible to any reader with a little background in cartography or space science. It should satisfy people with a wide variety of interests: astronomy, the space program, exploration and discovery and cartography itself. As the best book of its kind it should be in every public and academic library of any size and on the shelves of many individuals interested in space exploration and cartography." (Ontario) Geography

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521033732
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Cambridge Planetary Science Old Series, #6
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 1,390,465
  • Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 10.83 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface; List of contributors; 1. Introduction R. Greeley and R. M. Batson; 2. History of planetary cartography R. M. Batson, E. A. Whitaker and D. E. Wilhelms; 3. Cartography R. M. Batson; 4. Planetary nomenclature M. E. Strobell and H. Masursky; 5. Geodetic control M. E. Davies; 6. Topographic mapping S. S. C. Wu and F. J. Doyle; 7. Geologic mapping D. E. Wilhelms; Appendices R. M. Batson and J. L. Inge; Index.

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