Proceedings of the Twenty-First Plenary Meeting of COSPAR, Innsbruck, Austria, May-June 1978

Edited by

  • M.J. Rycroft

The latest discoveries in the physical aspects of space science are discussed, with special emphasis on materials science in space and research on the middle atmosphere
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Book information

  • Published: April 1979
  • Imprint: PERGAMON
  • ISBN: 978-0-08-023417-5

Table of Contents

Over 100 research papers and invited reviews on the following subjects: Remote sensing: The earth's surface


The middle atmosphere: Remote sensing studies

Direct observations


Planetary waves

Variations of tubropause altitude

The thermosphere: Models

Neutral gas density and temperature

Mass spectrometer observations

Tides and gravity waves

The ionosphere: D region

Equatorial ionosphere

Mid-lattitude ionosphere

Winter anomaly

Auroral atmosphere and ionosphere

The magnetosphere: Observations of the high latitude topside ionosphere

Precipitation of energetic charged particles

Active experiments

The sun and the interplanetary medium: Solar X-radiation

Solar energetic charged particles

Cosmic dust: Dust in planetary magnetospheres

Three-dimensional distribution of dust

Dust of lunar origin

Cornetary dust

Materials sciences in space: Use of composite materials in space

Materials science under micro-gravity conditions

Convection under micro-gravity conditions