Encyclopedia of the Solar SystemEdited by
- Lucy-Ann McFadden, University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.
- Paul Weissman, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.
- Torrence Johnson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.
Long before Galileo published his discoveries about Jupiter, lunar craters, and the Milky Way in the Starry Messenger in 1610, people were fascinated with the planets and stars around them. That interest continues today, and scientists are making new discoveries at an astounding rate. Ancient lake beds on Mars, robotic spacecraft missions, and new definitions of planets now dominate the news. How can you take it all in? Start with the new Encyclopedia of the Solar System, Second Edition.This self-contained reference follows the trail blazed by the bestselling first edition. It provides a framework for understanding the origin and evolution of the solar system, historical discoveries, and details about planetary bodies and how they interactand has jumped light years ahead in terms of new information and visual impact. Offering more than 50% new material, the Encyclopedia includes the latest explorations and observations, hundreds of new color digital images and illustrations, and more than 1,000 pages. It stands alone as the definitive work in this field, and will serve as a modern messenger of scientific discovery and provide a look into the future of our solar system.
Scientists, teachers, interested laypeople, and students of planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary geology, meteorology, and atmospheric and magnetospheric sciences.
Hardbound, 992 Pages
Published: December 2006
Imprint: Academic Press
Encyclopedia of the Solar System, as a title, is almost on a par with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxyand, come to the think of it, the content is almost as mind-blowing." -Satellite Evolution Group, September 2007 "The editors have brought together an awesome amount of information authored by a Who's Who of planetary science." -Sky and Telescope, July 2007 "The book is a delight to hold and view, printed in glorious colour on quality paper. This is one of those books you just have to own. ...The editors of this work have made a commitment to keep it current... It is a tome I would recommend to any with a love of information on our neighborhood -- the Solar System." --David O'Driscoll, AAQ Nesletter "Everything you want to know about the solar system is here. Let your fingers be the spacecraft as you thumb through this book visiting all the planets, moons and other small objects in the solar system. This is the perfect reference book, lavishly illustrated and well-written. The editors and authors have done a magnificent job." -From the Foreword by WESLEY T. HUNTRESS, JR., Geophysical Laboratory, Carnegie Institute of Washington "The Encyclopedia offers remarkably clear descriptions of the diverse objects that comprise the solar system. The authors succeed brilliantly at combining the latest results from spacecraft missions and Earth-based observations with thoughtful interpretations of the processes that have shaped solar system evolution." -MARIA T. ZUBER, E.A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology "I expect members of the planetary science community will use this book to brush up on subjects outside their own specialty. This book reminds me how rapidly planetary science is evolving. This second edition comes at the right time." -ANDREW P. INGERSOLL, Professor of Planetary Science, California Institute of Technology "The editors and authors are scientists whose knowledge I trust. The addition of color in this new edition not only makes the book more attractive but also adds appropriate clarity in suitable places. The level of mathematics and detail in the entries makes them suitable for graduate students and researchers and for advanced undergraduate courses." -JAY M. PASACHOFF, Field Memorial Professor of Astronomy, Williams College "The second edition of this valuable encyclopedia comes with wonderfully updated and spectacular spacecraft images, from Mars to Callisto and beyond. Its a great primer for students as well as a reference for professionals." -WILLIAM K. HARTMANN, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute
- PrefaceForewordThe Solar System and Its Place in the GalaxyPaul R. WeissmanJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAThe Origin of the Solar System Alex N. Halliday University of Oxford, UKJohn E. ChambersNASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California, USAA History of Solar System StudiesDavid LeveringtonBAE Systems, UK (Retired)The Sun Markus J. AschwandenLockheed-Martin ATC, Palo Alto, California, USAThe Solar Wind John T. GoslingUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, USAMercury Robert G. StromUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USAVenus: Atmosphere Donald M. HuntenUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USAVenus: Surface and Interior Suzanne E. SmrekarJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAEllen R. StofanProxemy Research, Bowie, Maryland, USAEarth as a Planet: Atmosphere and OceansTimothy E. DowlingUniversity of Louisville, Kentucky, USAAdam ShowmanUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USAEarth as a Planet: Surface and InteriorDavid C. Pieri Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAAdam M. DziewonskiHarvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA The Sun-Earth Connection Janet G. LuhmannUniversity of California, Berkeley, USAStanley C. SolomonBoston University, Massacheusetts, USAThe Moon Stuart Ross TaylorAustralian National University, Canberra, AustraliaMeteorites Michael E. LipschutzPurdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USALudolf SchultzMax-Planck-Institut fur Chemie, Mainz, GermanyNear-Earth Objects Lucy A. McFadden University of Maryland, College Park, USARichard P. BinzelMassachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interaction David C. Catling and Conway LeovyUniversity of Washington, Seattle, USAMars: Surface and Interior Michael H. CarrU.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USAMars: Landing Site Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry Matthew P. GolombekJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAHarry McSween, Jr.University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USAMain-Belt Asteroids Daniel T. BrittUniversity of Central Florida, Orlando, USALarry LebofskyUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USAPlanetary Satellites Bonnie J. BurattiJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAPeter C. ThomasCornell University, Ithaca, New York, USAAtmospheres of the Giant PlanetsRobert A. WestJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAInteriors of the Giant Planets Mark S. Marley NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USAJonathan J. FortneyUniversity of Arizona, Tucson, USAIo: The Volcanic Moon Rosaly M. C. LopesJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAEuropaLouise M. ProckterApplied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USARobert T. PappalardoJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USAGanymede and Callisto Geoffrey Collins Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA Torrence V. JohnsonJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USATitanAthena CoustenisObservatoire de Paris-Meudon, FranceTritonWilliam B. McKinnonWashington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USARandy L. KirkU.S Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA Planetary Rings Carolyn C. PorcoSpace Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USADouglas P. HamiltonUniversity of Maryland, College Park, USAPlanetary Magnetospheres Margaret Galland Kivelson University of California, Los Angeles, USAFran BagenalUniversity of Colorado, Boulder, USAPluto and Charon Alan SternSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USAPhysics and Chemistry of CometsJohn BrandtUniversity of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USACometary Dynamics Harold F. LevisonSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USAKuiper Belt: Dynamics Alessandro MorbidelliCNRS, Nice, FranceHarold F. LevisonSouthwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USAKuiper Belt Objects: Physical Studies Stephen C. TeglerNorthern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USASolar System Dust Eberhard GrünMax Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, GermanyX-Rays in the Solar System Anil BhardwajVikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, IndiaCarey M. LisseApplied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USAThe Solar System at Ultraviolet WavelengthsAmanda R. Hendrix and Robert M. NelsonJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USADeborah L. DomingueApplied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USAInfrared Views of the Solar System from SpaceMark V. SykesPlanetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USAThe Solar System at Radio WavelengthsImke de PaterUniversity of California, Berkeley, California, USAWilliam S. KurthUniversity of Iowa, Iowa City, USANew Generation Optical/Infrared TelescopesAlan T. Tokunaga and Robert JedickeUniversity of Hawaii, Honolulu, USAPlanetary Radar Steven J. OstroJet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USARemote Chemical Analysis Thomas H. PrettymanLos Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USASolar System Dynamics: Regular and Chaotic Motion Jack J. LissauerNASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USACarl D. MurrayUniversity of London, UKPlanetary Impacts Richard A. F. GrieveHumboldt-Universitet zu Berlin, GermanyMark J. Cintala and Roald TagleNASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USAPlanetary Volcanism Lionel WilsonUniversity of Lancaster, UKPlanets and the Origin of LifeChristopher P. McKay and Wanda L. DavisNASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USAPlanetary Exploration Missions James D. BurkeThe Planetary Society, Pasadena, California, USAExtra-Solar Planets Michael Endl and William D. CochranUniversity of Texas, Austin, USAAppendicesGlossaryIndex