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Exploring Mercury : the iron planet
Strom, Robert G.
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Chichester, UK ; New York : Springer, [2003]

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xxx, 216 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).
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Robert Strom and Anne Sprague present, for the first time, a brand new treatment of the study and exploration of Mercury through the Mariner and then Messenger missions that will stir the imagination of readers and break new ground in the scientific frontier of our understanding of the planet.

Provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive discussion of Mercury

Covers all aspects of the planet's exploration by the Mariner 10 and future missions, including Messenger

The planned, accompanying CD ROM will contain all of the best individual Mariner 10 images, the data for each image, photomosaics, maps, some MESSENGER graphics, and public domain software for the PC and Mac.

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The Mariner 10 flyby in 1974 provided most of the available data about the planet Mercury. Strom (emer., Univ. of Arizona, Tucson) and senior research associate Sprague have compiled a very readable summary of the history of Mercury from antiquity through the Mariner mission to the present, with expectations for the future. Although less than half of Mercury's surface has been imaged, Strom and Sprague pulled together data from a variety of observational techniques into a coherent and well-arranged book. They provide a solid rationale to explain what sort of data future missions should provide to solve mysteries of composition and structure. Although the level of math used in the book is low, it is at a higher technical level than Strom's Mercury: The Elusive Planet (CH, Oct'87). The illustrations, especially those comparing Mercury to our moon or Earth, are excellent. Terms are well defined within the text and in a glossary. The accompanying CD-ROM includes some Mariner 10 images and maps; the images were easily viewed with Photoshop on a Macintosh computer, but the provided imaging software failed to load; it was more successful on a PC. With very few books available on Mercury, this one is recommended. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates. M.-K. Hemenway University of Texas at Austin

Table of Contents

Preface List of Figs, Tables and Plates Additional information on CD
1 The Twilight Planet
2 The Mariner 10 Mission
3 Mercury's Motions
4 Mercury's Size, Mass and Density
5 Mercury's Magnetic Field and Internal Constitution
6 Mercury's Surface-Bounded Exosphere
7 General Surface Features and Radar Characteristics
8 Surface Composition
9 The Impact Cratering Record
10 Plains: Smooth and Intercrater
11 Tectonics
12 History and Origin
13 Future Exploration of Mercury
Appendix A Orbital and Physical Data for Mercury
Appendix B Glossary and Terms
Appendix C Names and Locations of Mercury's Surface Features
1 Glossary of Terms
2 Orbital and Physical Data of Mercury
3 Names and Locations of Mercury's Surface Features CD ROM Containing
1 README explanation of CD contents and instructions for minimal image processing
2 All good 1st, 2nd , and 3rd encounter Mariner 10 Images (about 1000)
3 PC and Macintosh Software for opening and manipulating images (NIH Image public domain software)
4 Possibly Digital Maps and Mariner 10 photomosaics
5 Some MESSENGER graphics including a movie of the spacecraft trajectory