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About this book
About this book
This is a comprehensive survey of the planetary physics and physical chemistry of our own solar system. It covers current research in these areas and the planetary sciences that have benefited from both earth-based and spacecraft-based experimentation. These experiments form the basis of this encyclopedic reference, which skillfully fuses synthesis and explanation.
Detailed chapters review each of the major planetary bodies as well as asteroids, comets, and other small orbitals. Astronomers, physicists, and planetary scientists can use this state-of-the-art book for both research and teaching.
This Second Edition features extensive new material, including expanded treatment of new meteorite classes, spacecraft findings from Mars Pathfinder through Mars Odyssey 2001, recent reflections on brown dwarfs, and descriptions of planned NASA, ESA, and Japanese planetary missions.
Introduction Astronomical Perspective General Description of the Solar System The Sun and the Solar Nebula The Major Planets Pluto and the Icy Satellites of the Outer Planets Comets and Meteors Meteorites and Asteroids The Airless Rocky Bodies The Terrestrial Planets: Mars, Venus, and Earth Planets and Life about Other Stars Future Prospects Appendix III
John S. Lewis is Professor of Planetary Sciences and Co-Director of the Space Engineering Research Center of the University of Arizona, has concentrated in recent years on the material and energy resources of nearby space and on the hazards and opportunities presented to mankind by the Near-Earth Asteroids. He is a former Professor of Planetary Sciences and Chemistry at MIT and a Visiting Professor at Cal Tech. He has served as Chairman of a number of international conferences on space science and space development. His contributions to planetary science include the first prediction of coloring matter in the atmosphere of Jupiter. He is also the author of several popular science books, including Rain of Iron and Ice, a popular account of the impact hazard, and Mining the Sky, a survey of resource opportunities in space and their relevance to economic, resource, and environmental issues on Earth. He is also the editor of a 1000-page technical volume, Resources of Near-Earth Space. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of American Rocket Company, and is presently an advisor to the Space Development Corporation's Near-Earth Asteroid Prospector (NEAP) mission.
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591 pages, b/w plates, figs, tabs
Praise for the previous edition: "John Lewis has pulled together an incredible compendium of knowledge of the planetary sciences serving the needs of both students and practicing scientists..." - ICARUS "...the best study of the subject I have ever read...complete, well written, with a style that is both lively and elegant." - PHYSICS WORLD "...a very comprehensive summary of the results of research in this field. There are many diagrams and photographs used for illustration that make it easy to understand." - REVIEWS OF ASTRONOMICAL TOOLS "...I am sure that every serious university library will be required to obtain a copy." - METEORITES AND PLANETARY SCIENCE