Worlds Beyond: The Thrill of Planetary Exploration as told by Leading Experts

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Dedicated planetary scientists have spent their careers studying and exploring these worlds by telescope and through space missions. In this book, ten of these scientists have been brought together to describe their favorite worlds, what they have discovered, and what drives them to explore. Each tells a personal story. Together, the ten essays range across the breadth of the Solar System - from hellish Mercury to the snows of Pluto. The stories these pioneers tell range from telescopic to robotic exploration, from personal adventures in the Antarctic to painting planetary landscapes, from the joys of success to the frustrations of failure.
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"Robotic spacecrafts, one of the most complex inventions to date, remain a fascination for us and the reader will not be disappointed with the information presented here. Complete with photos (many in awesome color) and bibliographies, this volume will not be a shelf sitter. Science can be a marvelous adventure and here is a title that gives us insider perspectives about how planetary science is done." Catholic Library World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521812993
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Stern is director of the Space Studies Department of the Southwest Research Institute, and Principal Investigator of NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission, New Horizons.

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Table of Contents

Welcome home 1
1 Dateline: the planets 7
2 Planetary science with a paintbrush in hand 26
3 Chasing new meteorites, or finding heaven on earth 40
4 Mercury: the inner frontier 57
5 Return to the Moon! 76
6 Making moons 85
7 To rove on the red planet 102
8 To the asteroids, and beyond! 121
9 Titan: a moon with an atmosphere 138
10 Seasons at the edge of night 149
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