The New Solar System

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J. Kelly Beatty, Carolyn Collins Petersen, Andrew Chaikin
Cambridge University Press, 1999 - 421 pagine
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This era of ongoing discovery has shown us a "new" solar system, one brimming with unanticipated beauty, diversity, and mystery. Our robotic emissaries have visited every planet except Pluto. Through these explorations we have mapped the faces of our distant neighbors, dug into their soils, and plumbed their exotic atmospheres. And astronomers now realize that ours is but one of many solar systems in our part of the Milky Way galaxy. This book summarizes the fruits of our interplanetary explorations over the last quarter century.
 

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Indice

Exploring the Solar System
1
Origin of the Solar System
13
The Sun
23
Planetary Magnetospheres and the Interplanetary Medium
39
Cometary Reservoirs
59
The Role of Collisions
69
Mercury
87
Venus
97
Europa
253
Ganymede and Callisto
263
Titan
277
Triton Pluto and Charon
285
Midsize Icy Satellites
297
Small Worlds Patterns and Relationships
311
Comets
321
Asteroids
337

Planet Earth
111
The Moon
125
Mars
141
Surfaces and Interiors of the Terrestrial Planets
157
Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Planets
175
Interiors of the Giant Planets
193
Atmospheres of the Giant Planets
201
Planetary Rings
221
Io
241
Meteorites
351
Life in the Solar System
365
Other Planetary Systems
377
Planet Satellite and Smallbody Characteristics
387
Glossary
399
Authors Suggested Readings and Illustration Credits
403
Index
413
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Informazioni sull'autore (1999)

Andrew Chaikin was born in 1956. At the age of nine, he became interested in outerspace and the moon when Ed White walked in space on Gemini 4. While studying geology at Brown University, Chaikin worked as an intern at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Upon graduation, he began his writing career, and eventually became an editor at Sky and Telescope magazine in the Boston area. Chaikin has written numerous articles for magazines, including Science Digest, Popular Science, and World Book. Coauthor of the book The New Solar System, the bible for planetary scientists and space artists, Chaikin's biggest accomplishment as a writer is his book A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts. Chaikin spent eight years researching and writing the book, which chronicles the adventures of the astronauts who participated in the Apollo missions. The classic book became the basis for the HBO 12-hour miniseries, "From the Earth to the Moon," which was produced by Apollo 13 actor Tom Hanks. Chaikin served as a consultant on the miniseries, and even had a small cameo in one of the episodes. Chaikin, also a skilled artist, enjoys playing the guitar.

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