Encyclopedia of the Solar System, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0080474985
  • ISBN-13: 9780080474984
  • DDC: 523.203
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 966 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2007 | Published/Released April 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2007

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Even before Galileo published his discoveries about Jupiter, lunar craters and the Milky Way, people were fascinated with the planets and stars around them. That interest continues today, and scientists are making new discoveries at an astounding rate. Ancient lake beds on Mars, robotic spacecraft missions and new definitions of planets now dominate the news. How can you take it all in? Start with the Encyclopedia of the Solar System.

This second edition follows the trail blazed by the bestselling first edition. It provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries and details about planetary bodies and how they interact. Offering more than 50 percent new material, the work includes the latest explorations and observations, and hundreds of new color images and illustrations. It stands alone as the definitive work in this field, and will serve as a modern messenger of scientific discovery and provide a look into the future of our solar system.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Editors.
Preface to the Second Edition.
Preface to the First Edition.
1: The Solar System and Its Place in the Galaxy.
2: The Origin of the Solar System.
3: A History of Solar System Studies.
4: The Sun.
5: The Solar Wind.
6: Mercury.
7: Venus: Atmosphere.
8: Venus: Surface and Interior.
9: Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans.
10: Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior.
11: The Sun-Earth Connection.
12: The Moon.
13: Meteorites.
14: Near-Earth Objects.
15: Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interactions.
16: Mars: Surface and Interior.
17: Mars: Landing Site Geology, Mineralogy and Geochemistry.
18: Main-Belt Asteroids.
19: Planetary Satellites.
20: Atmospheres of the Giant Planets.
21: Interiors of the Giant Planets.
22: Io: The Volcanic Moon.
23: Europa.
24: Ganymede and Callisto.
25: Titan.
26: Triton.
27: Planetary Rings.
28: Planetary Magnetospheres.
29: Pluto.
30: Physics and Chemistry of Comets.
31: Comet Populations and Cometary Dynamics.
32: Kuiper Belt: Dynamics.
33: Kuiper Belt Objects: Physical Studies.
34: Solar System Dust.
35: X-Rays in the Solar System.
36: The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelengths.
37: Infrared Views of the Solar System from Space.
38: The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths.
39: New Generation Ground-Based Optical/Infrared Telescopes.
40: Planetary Radar.
41: Remote Chemical Sensing Using Nuclear Spectroscopy.
42: Solar System Dynamics: Regular and Chaotic Motion.
43: Planetary Impacts.
44: Planetary Volcanism.
45: Astrobiology.
46: Planetary Exploration Missions.
47: Extrasolar Planets.