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Europa - The Ocean Moon: Search for an Alien Biosphere

By: Richard Greenburg


Hardback | Dec 2004 | #161545 | ISBN: 3540224505
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&i;Europa - The Ocean Moon&o; tells the story of the Galileo spacecraft probe to Jupiter's moon, Europa. It provides a detailed description of the physical processes, including the dominating tidal forces that operate on Europa, and includes a comprehensive tour of Europa using images taken by Galileo's camera. The book reviews and evaluates the interpretative work carried out to date, providing a philosophical discussion of the scientific process of analyzing results and the pitfalls that accompany it. It also examines the astrobiological constraints on this possible biosphere, and implications for future research, exploration and planetary biological protection.

&i;Europa - The Ocean Moon&o; provides a unique understanding of the Galileo images of Europa, discusses the theory of tidal processes that govern its icy ridged and disrupted surface, and examines in detail the physical setting that might sustain extra-terrestrial life in Europa's ocean and icy crust.

Aus den Rezensionen: "In dem Buch ! wird die Geschichte der Galileo Sonde erzahlt, die den Jupitermond Europa untersucht hat. ! Der Autor ! hatte als Mitglied im wissenschaftlichen Team Zugang zu allen wichtigen und relevanten Informationen, die er im vorliegenden Werk verarbeitet hat. Es beinhaltet eine detaillierte Beschreibung der schon erwahnten dominierenden Gezeitenkrafte, die durch eine umfassende bildliche Darstellung von Europa unterstutzt wird. ! Das Buch ermoglicht ! einen Einblick in die Forschungsarbeiten, die mit der genauen Untersuchung eines Mondes einhergehen. Es erortert die Theorie der Gezeitenkrafte !" (in: Weltraum Facts, 2005, Vol. 12, Issue 4, S. 25)


Water World.- Touring the Surface.- Politics and Intellect: Converting Images Into Ideas and Knowledge.- Tides and Resonance.- Tides and Rotation.- Tides and Stress.- Tidal Heating.- Tides and Orbital Evolution.- Global Cracking and Non-Synchronous Rotation.- Building Ridges.- Dilation of Cracks.- Strike-Slip.- Return to Astypalaca.- Cycloids.- Rotation Revisited.- Chaos.- Crust Convergence.- The Scars of Impact.- Pits and Uplifts.- The Bandwagon.- The Biosphere.- The Exploration to Come.

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