A Space Traveler's Guide to the Solar System

A Space Traveler's Guide to the Solar System

by Mark Thompson


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An eye-opening and provocative tour of our solar system, from one of Britain’s celebrated astronomists.

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut, traveling through the universe on your very own space mission? What would it be like to tour the solar system, visiting the sun and the planets, taking in everything from moons to asteroid belts along the way? What would you see, and how would you feel? What would you eat? How would you navigate and produce fuel? How would you survive?

On this epic voyage of discovery, astronomer Mark Thompson takes you on that journey. From how to prepare for take-off and the experience of leaving Earth’s atmosphere, to the reality of living in the confines of a spaceship and the strange sensation of weightlessness, this is an adventure like no other.

Suit up, strap in, and enjoy the ride!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681772394
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

As a presenter on BBC Stargazing Live, Mark Thompson has helped inspire 4 million viewers to get out and enjoy the night sky. A specialist presenter on ITV's This Morning and Radio Five Live, Mark has also been a key contributor to the BBC's The Sky at Night. His articles can regularly be found in Astronomy Now and Discovery News. His research interests have chiefly centered on deep space, the study of stars exploding at the end of their lives, and distant galaxies believed to host supermassive black holes. Mark's enthusiastic outreach work has led him to serving on the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society. Find him on Twitter @PeoplesAstro!

Table of Contents

Map viii

Introduction 1

1 Flight Planning 11

2 Goodbye Earth 33

3 Into the Furnace 57

4 The In-Hospitality Suite 83

5 A Familiar World 109

6 A Goliath Among Planets 141

7 The jewel of the Solar System 167

8 Icy Outposts 195

9 Into the Abyss 221

Index 247

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