Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences

Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences

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Containing more than 450 entries by some 200 eminent contributors from all over the world, the Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences is the first book to present this information in an authoritative yet approachable way. This encyclopedia deals with the atmospheres, surfaces and interiors of the planets and moons, and with the interplanetary environment of plasma fields, as well as with asteroids and meteorites. Processes such as accretion, differentiation, thermal evolution and impact cratering form another category of entries. Remote sensing techniques employed in investigation and exploration, such as magnetometry, photometry, and spectroscopy are described in separate articles. In addition the Encyclopedia chronicles the history of planetary science, including biographies of pioneering scientists, and detailed descriptions of all major lunar and planetary missions and programs. The Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences is superbly illustrated throughout with over 450 line drawings, 180 black and white photographs, and 63 colour illustrations. It will be a key reference source for planetary scientists, astronomers, and workers in related disciplines such as geophysics, geology and the atmospheric sciences. Included in this book is a PC and Mac compatible CD-ROM containing over 200 relevant planetary and related images available from NASA. This CD-ROM has been specially compiled for the Encyclopedia by The United States National Space Science Data Center.Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Mayan civilizations all included Mercury in their mythology and religions. ... M62 Mercurya#39;s 3 : 2 spin-orbit coupling is shown in this diagram, starting at aphelion with the 270Ad meridian facing the Sun. ... Mercury on 29 March 1974 at a closest approach distance of 705 km, 21 September 1974 at a distance of 50 000 km, ... Mass estimations for Mercury were made initially by astronomers observing the interactions of Mercury with Venus and passing comets, anbsp;...

Title:Encyclopedia of Planetary Sciences
Author:J.H. Shirley, Rhodes W. Fairbridge
Publisher:Springer - 2001-01-31


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