The Cambridge Guide to the Solar System

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 3, 2011 - Science
Richly illustrated with full-color images, this book is a comprehensive, up-to-date description of the planets, their moons, and recent exoplanet discoveries. This second edition of a now classic reference is brought up to date with fascinating new discoveries from 12 recent Solar System missions. Examples include water on the Moon, volcanism on Mercury's previously unseen half, vast buried glaciers on Mars, geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus, lakes of hydrocarbons on Titan, encounter with asteroid Itokawa, and sample return from comet Wild 2. The book is further enhanced by hundreds of striking new images of the planets and moons. Written at an introductory level appropriate for undergraduate and high-school students, it provides fresh insights that appeal to anyone with an interest in planetary science. A website hosted by the author contains all the images in the book with an overview of their importance. A link to this can be found at

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I have not heard of Kenneth R. Lang myself,but some of the books he writes are amazing,I got this book when I was in 5th grade I confess it was quiet early to get such a huge awesome book. I realise only now when I am in the 6th grade[one year later] how nice it really is. I love space and want to join THE NASA SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION when I grow up.It has some awesome pictures too.All I want to say is that it is truly amazing and I loved it.
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Part 1 Changing views and fundamental concepts
2 The new closeup view from space
3 Atmospheres magnetospheres and the solar wind
rocky worlds
stepping stone to the planets
a dense battered world
the veiled planet
the red planet
11 Uranus and Neptune
small worlds in the solar system
13 Colliding worlds
14 Comets
15 Beyond Neptune
Part 5 Origin of the solar system and extrasolar planets
Author index
Subject index

worlds of liquid ice and gas
lord of the rings

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Kenneth R. Lang is a Professor of Astronomy at Tufts University. He is a well-known author and has published 25 books. The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Sun (Cambridge University Press, 2001) was recommended by the Library Journal as one of the best reference books published that year. He has extensive teaching experience, and has served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA headquarters.

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