The New Solar System

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 28, 1999 - Science - 421 pages
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As the definitive guide for the armchair astronomer, The New Solar System has established itself as the leading book on planetary science and solar system studies. Incorporating the latest knowledge of the solar system, a distinguished team of researchers, many of them Principal Investigators on NASA missions, explain the solar system with expert ease. The completely-revised text includes the most recent findings on asteroids, comets, the Sun, and our neighboring planets. The book examines the latest research and thinking about the solar system; looks at how the Sun and planets formed; and discusses our search for other planetary systems and the search for life in the solar system. In full-color and heavily-illustrated, the book contains more than 500 photographs, portrayals, and diagrams. An extensive set of tables with the latest characteristics of the planets, their moon and ring systems, comets, asteroids, meteorites, and interplanetary space missions complete the text. New to this edition are descriptions of collisions in the solar system, full scientific results from Galileo's mission to Jupiter and its moons, and the Mars Pathfinder mission. For the curious observer as well as the student of planetary science, this book will be an important library acquisition. J. Kelly Beatty is the senior editor of Sky & Telescope, where for more than twenty years he has reported the latest in planetary science. A renowned science writer, he was among the first journalists to gain access to the Soviet space program. Asteroid 2925 Beatty was named on the occasion of his marriage in 1983. Carolyn Collins Petersen is an award-winning science writer and co-author of Hubble Vision (Cambridge 1995). She has also written planetarium programs seen at hundreds of facilities around the world. Andrew L. Chaikin is a Boston-based science writer. He served as a research geologist at the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Earth and Planetary Studies. He is a contributing editor to Popular Science and writes frequently for other publications.
 

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Contents

Mars 141 22 Midsize Icy Satellites
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Patterns
311
Atmospheres of the Terrestrial Planets 175 24 Comets
321
Interiors of the Giant Planets 193 25 Asteroids
337
Atmospheres of the Giant Planets 201 26 Meteorites
351
Planetary Rings 221 27 Life in the Solar System
365
lO 241 28 Other Planetary Systems
377
Europa 253
387
Ganymede and Callisto 263 Glossary
399
Titan 277
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Carolyn Petersen is an award-winning science writer and the Associate Editor of "GeminiFocus", published by Gemini Observatory. She also writes and edits material for the Subaru Observatory in Hawaii, which is operated by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. Her work has appeared in Yahoo! News, MIT's "Tech Talk", the "Radcliffe Quarterly", "Sky & Telescope" magazine, "Astronomy" magazine, and "StarDate" magazine. Most recently, she wrote and co-produced a podcast series titled 'Space Weather FX' for a NASA-funded MIT Haystack Observatory project and served as senior exhibit writer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Visitor's Center.

Andrew Chaikin is the author of the highly acclaimed A Man on the Moon, the definitive history of the Apollo space flights, on which Tom Hanks' HBO epic miniseries From the Earth to the Moon was based.

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