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Join Bonnie J. Buratti, a leading planetary astronomer, on this personal tour of NASA's latest discoveries. Moving through the Solar System from Mercury, Venus, Mars, past comets and asteroids and the moons of the giant planets, to Pluto, and on to exoplanets, she gives vivid descriptions of landforms that are similar to those found on Earth but that are more fantastic. Sulfur-rich volcanoes and lakes on Io, active gullies on Mars, huge ice plumes and tar-like deposits on the moons of Saturn, hydrocarbon rivers and lakes on Titan, and nitrogen glaciers on Pluto are just some of the marvels that await readers. Discover what it is like to be involved in a major scientific enterprise, with all its pitfalls and excitement, from the perspective of a female scientist. This engaging account of modern space exploration is written for non-specialist readers, from students in high school to enthusiasts of all ages.Read more
- Gives many comparisons between the planets and Earth, describing the Solar System using phenomena that the reader would be familiar with
- Provides a realistic description of scientific discovery, showing both the good and bad elements, from the viewpoint of a female scientist
- Gives simple non-mathematical descriptions and analogies to many physical ideas, and is therefore suitable for a broad general audience
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'This book is a delight … The narrative is, throughout, engaging. We, her readers, can be grateful.' G. T. Dempsey, GeoLounge (www.geolounge.com)See more reviews
'This engaging account of modern space exploration is written for non-specialist readers, from students in high school to enthusiasts of all ages.' Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin
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- Date Published: March 2017
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9781107152748
- length: 250 pages
- dimensions: 238 x 158 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.59kg
- contains: 108 b/w illus.
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
1. Mercury: the hottest little place
2. Venus: an even hotter place
3. Mars: the abode of life?
4. Asteroids and comets: sweat the small stuff
5. Galileo's treasures: worlds of fire and ice
6. Enceladus: an active iceball in space
7. Titan: an Earth in deep freeze?
8. Iapetus and its friends: the weirdest 'planets' in the Solar System
9. Pluto: the first view of the 'third zone'
10. Earths above: the search for exoplanets and life in the universe
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