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Title:
Solar system voyage
Author:
Brunier, Serge.
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Uniform Title:
Voyage dans le système solaire. English
Publication Information:
Cambridge, UK ; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
248 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 37 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
A star lost in infinite space -- The Sun, our Star -- Mercury: baked by the heat of the Sun -- Venus: a vision of hell -- The Moon: setting foot on another world -- Mars: a trip to the desert planet -- Phobos and Deimos: pebbles in the sky -- Gaspra: our first asteroid -- Jupiter: planet of storms -- Shoemaker-Levy: timetable to collision -- Io: the volcano planet -- Europa: the hidden ocean -- Saturn: the Lord of the Rings -- Titan: an Earth in hibernation -- Enceladus and the worlds of ice -- Uranus: a recumbent giant -- Halley: the great traveller -- Neptune: the great blue sea -- Triton: volcanoes of ice -- Pluto and Charon: planets in limbo.
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ISBN:
9780521807241
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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. It starts by locating our planetary system in the Universe, then describes the Sun and its planets, the large satellites, asteroids and comets. With photographs and information from the latest space missions, the reader will discover 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; he will cross the rings of Saturn, plunge into the clouds of Venus and Titan, and survive the spectacular crash of the comet Shoemaker-Levy into Jupiter, to emerge with a greater appreciation of the hospitable planet we call home.


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Choice Review

This very large book, the fourth in a series by this publisher and originally written in French by a photojournalist and popularizer of science, contains spectacular color photographs, many taken by spacecraft during fly-bys of other planets and their moons. Although the resolution of these photos varies considerably and some should not have been enlarged so extensively, they present a set of images that will truly inspire the general reader. Brunier first locates the sun and planets in the Milky Way and in the universe. He then moves on to describe the sun and planets, their satellites, asteroids, and comets. The accompanying text is sometimes anecdotal and describes rather than teaches. Topics in the appendixes include a historical development of positions and motions within the solar system, tables of future lunar eclipses (to 2014), total and annular solar eclipses (to 2012), physical and orbital characteristics of the planets and satellites, and a list of principal interplanetary missions. There is a good list of recommended reading for elementary, intermediate, and advanced audiences and a satisfactory index. ^BSumming Up: Optional. General readers. W. E. Howard III formerly, Universities Space Research Association


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