The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System / Edition 1

The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System / Edition 1

by Kenneth R. Lang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521813069

ISBN-13: 9780521813068

Pub. Date: 08/01/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System provides a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the planets and their moons. Writing at an introductory level appropriate for high school and undergraduate students. Professor Lang leads the reader on a fascinating journey of exploration to the worlds beyond our home planet Earth. The book begins with a short introduction…  See more details below

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The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System provides a comprehensive and up-to-date description of the planets and their moons. Writing at an introductory level appropriate for high school and undergraduate students. Professor Lang leads the reader on a fascinating journey of exploration to the worlds beyond our home planet Earth. The book begins with a short introduction to the history of planetary observation and discovery. The major planets and their moons are then introduced by presenting common properties, processes, and themes. This is followed by chapters which focus on individual planets and other solar-system objects, including a comprehensive treatment of the various space missions: from the Apollo missions to the Moon, to recent missions to Jupiter and Mars. Filled with vital facts and information, and lavishly illustrated in colour throughout, this book will appeal to professionals as well as general readers with an interest in planetary science.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521813068
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2003
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
468
Product dimensions:
8.62(w) x 10.87(h) x 1.26(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Principal units
Pt. 1Changing views and fundamental concepts
1Evolving perspectives - a historical prologue1
2The new, close-up view from space36
3The invisible buffer zone with space - atmospheres, magnetospheres, and the solar wind73
Pt. 2The inner system - rocky worlds
4Third rock from the Sun - restless Earth106
5The Moon: stepping stone to the planets156
6Mercury: a dense battered world193
7Venus: the veiled planet208
8Mars: the red planet235
Pt. 3The giant planets, their satellites and their rings - worlds of liquid, ice, and gas
9Jupiter: a giant primitive planet286
10Saturn: lord of the rings316
11Uranus and Neptune337
Pt. 4Remnants of creation - small worlds in the solar system
12Comets358
13Asteroids and meteorites384
14Colliding worlds410
App. 1: Further reading430
App. 2: Directory of web sites436
Index438

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