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The moons of Jupiter
Leutwyler, Kristin.
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Publication Information:
New York : Norton, [2003]

Physical Description:
240 pages ; 24 x 28 cm
General Note:
"A Peter N. Nevraumont book."

Includes index.
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QB404 .L48 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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Launched in 1989, Project Galileo is NASA's most ambitious interplanetary mission to date. The Galileo spacecraft is scheduled to crash into Jupiter's turbulent atmosphere in September 2003, nearly nine years after it entered orbit around the mighty planet. During this time, Galileo made a number of startling discoveries and transmitted more than 6,000 images of Jupiter and its many moons.This book explores Jupiter's moons: Io, which simmers with more than 100 active cauldrons and spews lava fountains some 5,000 feet high; Europa, encrusted with salt-stained ice that may hide a once-living subterranean sea; Ganymede, the only moon in our solar system known to generate its own magnetic field; and Callisto, which may harbor a buried ocean and is one of the oldest and possibly unchanged places in our solar system; as well as Jupiter's so-called inner moons and thirty-two additional minor moons. It shows that the Jovian system is like none we know.

Author Notes

John R. Casani was the original project manager for the Galileo mission.

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Library Journal Review

Leutwyler, currently a freelance writer and a former staff editor of Scientific American, presents an image-rich exploration of Jupiter and its 40 satellites, the largest planet and satellite system within our solar system. Selecting from more than 6000 images transmitted over the past 13 years by the Galileo Orbiter (which disintegrated in Jupiter's atmosphere this past September), along with those from the earlier Voyager and Cassini missions, Leutwyler gives us insights into this system, which had never before been explored in such depth. The bulk of the book is devoted to the four largest satellites-Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto-with an average of 45-plus pages of images for each. The minor satellites, ring system, and, of course, Jupiter itself complete the rest of this beautiful book. Each full-page image is accompanied by a miniessay on the facing page explaining specifics of that image. While the book is aimed at the informed lay reader, those without much scientific knowledge will still be able to appreciate the discussions and corresponding breathtaking images. Highly recommended and suitable for school, public, and academic libraries.-Margaret F. Dominy, Drexel Univ. Lib., Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.