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Lang, Kenneth R
The Cambridge guide to the solar system / Kenneth R. Lang
2nd ed
Cambridge ; New York ; Cambridge University Press, 2011
book jacket
Location Call Number Status
 4th Floor  QB501 .L24 2011    AVAILABLE
Subject Solar system
Physical Description xxv, 475 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Note Includes indexes
Contents Changing views and fundamental concepts: Evolving perspectives : a historical prologue ; The new, close-up view from space ; Atmospheres, magnetospheres, and the solar wind -- The inner solar system : rocky worlds: Restless Earth : third rock from the Sun ; The Earth's Moon : stepping stone to the planets ; Mercury : a dense battered world ; Venus : the veiled planet ; Mars : the red planet -- The giant planets, their satellites and their rings : worlds of liquid, ice and gas: Jupiter : a giant primitive planet ; Saturn : lord of the rings ; Uranus and Neptune -- Remnants of creation : small worlds in the solar system: Asteroids and meteorites ; Colliding worlds ; Comets ; Beyond Neptune -- Origin of the solar system and extrasolar planets: Brave new worlds
Summary This work provides a description of the planets and their moons. The books begins with an introduction to the history of planetary observation and discovery. The major planets and their moons are then introduced by presenting common properties, processes, and themes. This is followed by chapters which focus on individual planets and other solar system objects, including a comprehensive treatment of the various space missions; from the Apollo missions to the Moon, to recent missions to Jupiter and Mars
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