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Solar System Voyage

Solar System Voyage

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  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521807241

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  • In the last few decades, the exploration of our solar system has revealed fascinating details about the worlds that lie beyond our Earth. This lavishly illustrated book invites the reader on a journey through the solar system. After locating our planetary system in the Universe, Brunier describes the Sun and its planets, the large satellites, asteroids, and comets. Photographs and information taken from the latest space missions allow readers to experience spectacular scenes: the lunar plains scarred by asteroid impacts, the frozen deserts of Mars and Europa, the continuously erupting volcanoes of Io and the giant geysers of Triton, the rings of Saturn and the clouds of Venus and Titan, and the powerful crash of the comet Shoemaker-Levy into Jupiter. Inspired by the extraordinary photographs and incisive text, readers of Solar System Voyage will gain a greater appreciation of the hospitable planet we call home. Serge Brunier is chief editor of the journal Ciel et Espace, a photojournalist, and the author of many nonfiction books aimed at both specialists and the general public. His previous books include Space Odyssey (Cambridge, 2002), Glorious Eclipses with Jean-Pierre Luminet (Cambridge, 2000), and Majestic Universe (Cambridge, 1999).

    • Fully illustrated throughout with spectacular photographs
    • Written by the author of Majestic Universe, Glorious Eclipses, and Space Odyssey
    • French edition received the Astronomical Book of the Year prize in 1997 at the Astronomy Festival at Haute-Maurienne/Vanoise
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    "The solar system is spectacular, especially when viewed close-up in this oversized book. The text describes, in general and understandable language expertly translated from the French by Storm Dunlop, our neighborhood in the universe." Science Books & Films

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    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521807241
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 263 x 365 x 30 mm
    • weight: 2.355kg
    • contains: 22 b/w illus. 233 colour illus. 7 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. A star lost in infinite space
    2. The Sun, our Star
    3. Mercury: baked by the heat of the Sun
    4. Venus: a vision of hell
    5. The Moon: setting foot on another world
    6. Mars: a trip to the desert planet
    7. Phobos and Deimos: pebbles in the sky
    8. Gaspra: our first asteroid
    9. Jupiter: planet of storms
    10. Shoemaker-Levy: timetable to collision
    11. Io: the volcano planet
    12. Europa: the hidden ocean
    13. Saturn: the Lord of the Rings
    14. Titan: an Earth in hibernation
    15. Enceladus and the worlds of ice
    16. Uranus: a recumbent giant
    17. Halley: the great traveller
    18. Neptune: the great blue sea
    19. Triton: volcanoes of ice
    20. Pluto and Charon: planets in limbo
    Appendices.

  • Author

    Serge Brunier, Ciel et Espace
    Photo-journalist and science writer, Brunier is the author of various books covering astronomy and cosmology, and for many years was the chief editor of the French journal Ciel et Espace.

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    Storm Dunlop

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