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Atlas of the Galilean Satellites

Atlas

By: Paul Schenk

394 pages, Col & b/w illus

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2010 | #189102 | ISBN-13: 9780521868358
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Complete color global maps and high-resolution mosaics of Jupiter's four large moons - Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto - are compiled for the first time in this important atlas. The satellites are revealed as four visually striking and geologically diverse planetary bodies: Io's volcanic lavas and plumes and towering mountains; Europa's fissured ice surface; the craters, fractures and polar caps of Ganymede; and the giant impact basins, desiccated plains and icy pinnacles of Callisto. Featuring images taken from the recent Galileo mission, this atlas is a comprehensive mapping reference guide for researchers. It contains 65 global and regional maps, nearly 250 high-resolution mosaics, and images taken at resolutions from 500 meters to as high as 6 meters.

'The atlas presents both a proper photomosaic atlas of each moon, and also a gazetteer of the higher-resolution Galileo imagery, with all the available mosaics and close-up views properly assembled and projected ... [t]he atlas is not only indispensable for anyone interested in the worlds of our solar system: it is also a wonderful treat. At last we can explore each of these strange new worlds as a whole.' John H. Rogers, Journal of the British Astronomical Association


Contents

Preface; 1. Introduction; 2. Format of the atlas; 3. Making the maps; 4. Geology of the Galilean satellites: an introduction to the images; 5. The satellites; 6. One big happy ...; Appendixes; Index.

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Biography

Paul Schenk is a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Texas, where he specializes in impact craters and other features on icy satellites, and in 3-D imaging. He is currently analyzing released Cassini data of the icy satellites of Saturn, and assisting the New Horizons team to plan their encounter with Pluto in 2015.

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