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Exploring Space, Exploring Earth: New Understanding of the Earth from Space Research

By: Paul Lowman

288 pages, 27 Col plates,114 illus,6 tabs

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Aug 2002 | #128073 | ISBN: 0521890624
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Hardback | Aug 2002 | #128072 | ISBN: 0521661250
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Lowman, a NASA scientist for over 40 years, describes the impact of space flight on geology and geophysics. A foreword by Neil Armstrong emphasizes that the exploration of space has lead us to a far deeper understanding of our own planet.

'OU students of Earth Sciences will find this an interesting and stimulating read.' The Open University Geological Society Journal '! a well researched, well illustrated and a well referenced book ! I believe that the book is guaranteed to start the serious geologist looking at traditional ideas and concepts in a slightly different light.' Open University Geological Society Journal


Foreword Neil Armstrong; 1. Preview of the orbital perspective: the Million Year Day; 2. Space geodesy; 3. Satellite studies of geomagnetism; 4. Remote sensing: the view from space; 5. Impact cratering and terrestrial geology; 6. Comparative planetology and the origin of continental crust; 7. Geology and biology: the influence of life on terrestrial geology; Appendix A. Elements of physical geology; Appendix B. Glossary of geologic terms; Appendix C. Lunar and planetary missions, 1958--1994.

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Paul Lowman has been involved in a wide range of space research programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1963--4 he took part in planning for the Apollo missions. He was Principal Investigator for Synoptic Terrain Photography on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo earth orbital missions, an experiment that laid the foundation for Landsat. Between 1965 and 1970 he taught lunar geology at the University of California, Catholic University of America, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Dr Lowman was also involved with the Mariner 9 Mars mission, the Apollo X-ray fluorescence experiment and Apollo 11 and 12 sample analysis among others. His main research interest was and still is the origin of continental crust, as approached through comparative planetology. In 1974, Dr Lowman received the Lindsay Award from the Goddard Space Flight Center. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1975, and of the Geological Society of Canada in 1988. Drawing on his dual career in terrestrial and lunar geology, he authored Space Panorama (1968), Lunar Panorama (1970), and The Third Planet (1972). He also contributed to Mission to Earth (1976), the first NASA compilation of Landsat pictures edited by N. M. Short.

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