Compiled by a team of experts from The Open University, these substantially revised editions are designed for introductory university courses in planetary science. They cover both our own Solar System and exoplanets orbiting other stars, and explore habitability as well as physical, chemical and geological processes.

Written in an accessible style that generally avoids complex mathematics, and illustrated in colour throughout, these books are suitable for self-study and will appeal to amateur enthusiasts and the undergraduate student. They explain important concepts and techniques along with helpful learning features such as boxed summaries and a glossary of terms. Questions and answers are presented throughout the text in addition to student exercises with full solutions.

  • Presents a fascinating description of the bodies in the Solar System and the processes that shaped their origin and evolution.

  • Explore the origin of life, the search for habitable environments in the Solar System, the detection of exoplanets and approaches to SETI.