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The Scientific Exploration of Venus

The Scientific Exploration of Venus


  • Publication planned for: August 2014
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2014
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107023482


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  • Venus is the brightest 'star' in the night sky and it has been observed since ancient times. Often dubbed Earth's 'twin', it is the planet most similar to the Earth in size, mass and composition. There the similarity ends: Venus is shrouded by a dense carbon dioxide atmosphere, its surface is dominated by thousands of volcanoes and it lacks a protective magnetic field to shield it from energetic solar particles. So why isn't Venus more like Earth? In this book, a leading researcher of Venus addresses this question by explaining what we know through our investigations of the planet. Venus presents an intriguing case study for planetary astronomers and atmospheric scientists, especially in light of the current challenges of global warming, which supports, and potentially threatens, life on Earth. Scientifically rigorous, yet written in a friendly non-technical style, this is a broad introduction for students and astronomy and space enthusiasts.

    • The history of mankind's interest in, and understanding of, our nearest planetary companion in space
    • An intimate account of the exploration of Venus during the space age by the Soviets, the USA, Europe and Japan
    • Authoritative explanations of the objectives and methods used to explore the planet, what they have achieved, and what remains mysterious
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: August 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107023482
    • length: 352 pages
    • dimensions: 253 x 203 mm
    • contains: 171 b/w illus. 25 colour illus.
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2014
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Views of Venus, from the Beginning to the Present Day:
    1. The dawn of Venus exploration
    2. Mariner and Venera
    3. Pioneer Venus and Vega: orbiters, balloons and multi-probes
    4. Images of the surface
    5. The forgotten world
    6. Earth-based astronomy delivers a breakthrough
    7. Can't stop now
    8. Europe and Japan join in: Venus Express and Akatsuki
    Part II. The Motivation to Continue the Quest:
    9. Origin and evolution: the solid planet
    10. Atmosphere and ocean
    11. A volcanic world
    12. The mysterious clouds
    13. Superwinds and polar vortices
    14. The climate on Venus, past, present and future
    15. Could there be life on Venus?
    Part III. Plans and Visions for the Future:
    16. Solar system exploration
    17. Coming soon to a planet near you: planned Venus missions
    18. Towards the horizon: advanced technology
    19. Beyond the horizon: human expeditions
    Appendix A. Chronology of space missions to Venus
    Appendix B. Data about Venus.

  • Author

    Fredric W. Taylor, University of Oxford
    Fred Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford. He is a senior figure in the planetary science community, and has been involved in NASA and ESA missions to study Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn. He is also a prolific author – in addition to his Mars book, he has written The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets (2001) and the textbooks Elementary Climate Physics (2005) and Planetary Atmospheres (2010), and he has co-authored five other books. His lead roles in the Pioneer Venus and Venus Express missions give him a unique and authoritative perspective of this area. He is the recipient of numerous awards including thirteen NASA Achievement Awards; The Bates Medal of the European Geophysical Society, for Excellence in the Planetary Sciences; and The Arthur C. Clarke Lifetime Achievement Award.

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