Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe

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Penguin, Oct 4, 2010 - Science - 360 pages

Although a mere speck in the vast cosmos, humans have managed to piece together an incredible understanding of the Universe. Discover its magic and unravel its mysteries with this book.

Starting from a launchpad on Earth, set off on an enthralling journey to the Solar System, the Milky Way, and finally to the very edges of the known Universe.

Space: From Earth to the Edge of the Universe features fascinating facts, an engaging narrative, and rich photographs that help you comprehend the vastness of this world that we exist in. The book has been divided into seven chapters covering intriguing concepts such as spacewalking, getting close to the Sun, and the Planetary Nebulae. Detailed illustrations and explanatory artworks give you a deep insight into the limits of galaxies, what lies in our neighboring worlds, the rings and moons of other planets, and much more.

Discover the technology and spacecrafts behind the extraordinary journeys undertaken by astronauts, study the planets, asteroids, and galaxies and immerse yourself in the important space discoveries of our time.

Featuring the latest spectacular images from NASA and other sources, Space will take you on the expedition of a lifetime.

 

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Contents

Neptunes Moons 174
174
The Outer Region 178
178
Comets 180
180
Missions to Comets 184
184
Sample Collection 186
186
Looking Back 188
188
The Milky Way 192
192
Toward the Stars 196
196

Spacewalking 26
26
An Astronauts View of Earth 32
32
Exploring Earth From Space 34
34
Earths Oceans 36
36
Earths Land 40
40
Earths Ice and Snow 42
42
Earths Atmosphere 44
44
Surrounding Earth 46
46
The Solar System 50
50
The Inner Planets 52
52
Earth 54
54
The Moon 58
58
The Moon in Our Skies 60
60
Mapping the Moon 62
62
To the Moon and Back 64
64
Landing on the Moon 66
66
Exploring on Foot 68
68
Roving Across the Moon 70
70
The Moons Unseen Face 74
74
Venus 76
76
Beneath Venuss Clouds 78
78
Venuss Surface 80
80
Mercury 82
82
Messenger at Mercury 84
84
The Sun 86
86
Close to the Sun 88
88
Mars 92
92
Mars from Above 94
94
Valles Marineris 96
96
The Tharsis Region 98
98
The Ice Caps of Mars 100
100
The Dunes of Mars 104
104
Dust Storms on Mars 106
106
Roving over Mars 110
110
Endurance Crater 112
112
Victoria Crater 114
114
Gusev Crater 116
116
The Moons of Mars 120
120
The Outer Planets 124
124
Asteroids 126
126
Missions to Asteroids 128
128
Jupiter 130
130
The Great Red Spot 132
132
Jupiters Moons 136
136
Io 138
138
Europa 140
140
Ganymede 144
144
Callisto 146
146
Saturn 148
148
Saturns Atmosphere 152
152
Saturns Rings 154
154
Cassini at Saturn 156
156
Saturns Moons 160
160
Enceladus Mimas and Tethys 162
162
Dione Rhea Hyperion and Iapetus 164
164
Titan 166
166
Uranus 168
168
Uranuss Rings and Moons 170
170
Neptune 172
172
Pinning Down the Stars 198
198
Nearby Stars 200
200
Stellar Characteristics 202
202
The Fuel Source of Stars 208
208
Starbirth 210
210
The Orion Nebula 212
212
The Eagle Nebula 214
214
The Infrared Universe 218
218
Star Systems 220
220
The Pleiades 222
222
47 Tucanae and M30 224
224
Mainsequence Stars 226
226
Red Giants 228
228
Supergiants and Hypergiants 230
230
Investigating Stars 232
232
The Giant Telescopes 236
236
Planetary Nebulae 238
238
The Helix Nebula 240
240
The Cats Eye Nebula 242
242
The Red Rectangle Nebula the Eskimo Nebula and the Ant Nebula 244
244
The Death of Massive Stars 248
248
The Crab Nebula 250
250
The Veil Nebula and Cassiopeia A 252
252
Planets Beyond the Solar System 254
254
Extraterrestrial Life 256
257
Stellar Recycling 258
258
The Heart of the Milky Way 260
260
Galaxy Islands 266
266
The Large Magellanic Cloud 268
268
The Small Magellanic Cloud 270
270
The Andromeda Galaxy 272
272
The Triangulum Galaxy Barnards Galaxy and NGC 55 274
274
Galaxies and the Hubble Space Telescope 276
276
Bodes Galaxy and the Cigar Galaxy 280
280
The Whirlpool Galaxy 282
282
The Pinwheel Galaxy 284
284
The Sombrero Galaxy 286
286
The Virgo Cluster 290
290
Colliding Galaxies 292
292
Active Galaxies 294
294
Centaurus A 296
296
The Circinus Galaxy ESO 0313192 and the Death Star Galaxy 298
298
The Visible Edge 302
302
What is Cosmology? 306
306
The Big Bang 310
310
Background Radiation 316
316
Dark Cosmology 318
318
Galaxy Formation 320
320
Birdseye View 322
322
How Might the Universe End? 324
324
The Future of Deepspace Exploration 326
326
The Solar System 330
330
The Milky Way and Other Galaxies 334
334
The Night Sky 338
338
Exploration 340
340
Glossary 344
344
Index and Acknowledgments 348
348
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