Encyclopedia of the Solar System - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780120885893, 9780080474984

Encyclopedia of the Solar System

2nd Edition

Editors: Lucy-Ann McFadden Torrence Johnson Paul Weissman
eBook ISBN: 9780080474984
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120885893
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th December 2006
Page Count: 992
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Description

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 interact—and 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.

Key Features

· Forty-seven chapters from 75+ eminent authors review fundamental topics as well as new models, theories, and discussions · Each entry is detailed and scientifically rigorous, yet accessible to undergraduate students and amateur astronomers · More than 700 full-color digital images and diagrams from current space missions and observatories amplify the chapters · Thematic chapters provide up-to-date coverage, including a discussion on the new International Astronomical Union (IAU) vote on the definition of a planet · Information is easily accessible with numerous cross-references and a full glossary and index

Readership

Scientists, teachers, interested laypeople, and students of planetary science, astronomy, astrophysics, planetary geology, meteorology, and atmospheric and magnetospheric sciences.

Table of Contents

Preface<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Foreword<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Solar System and Its Place in the Galaxy<BR id=""CRLF"">Paul R. Weissman<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Origin of the Solar System <BR id=""CRLF"">Alex N. Halliday <BR id=""CRLF"">University of Oxford, UK<BR id=""CRLF"">John E. Chambers<BR id=""CRLF"">NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">A History of Solar System Studies<BR id=""CRLF"">David Leverington<BR id=""CRLF"">BAE Systems, UK (Retired)<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Sun <BR id=""CRLF"">Markus J. Aschwanden<BR id=""CRLF"">Lockheed-Martin ATC, Palo Alto, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Solar Wind <BR id=""CRLF"">John T. Gosling<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Colorado, Boulder, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Mercury <BR id=""CRLF"">Robert G. Strom<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Arizona, Tucson, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Venus: Atmosphere <BR id=""CRLF"">Donald M. Hunten<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Arizona, Tucson, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Venus: Surface and Interior <BR id=""CRLF"">Suzanne E. Smrekar<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Ellen R. Stofan<BR id=""CRLF"">Proxemy Research, Bowie, Maryland, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans<BR id=""CRLF"">Timothy E. Dowling<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Adam Showman<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Arizona, Tucson, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior<BR id=""CRLF"">David C. Pieri <BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Adam M. Dziewonski<BR id=""CRLF"">Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA <BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Sun-Earth Connection <BR id=""CRLF"">Janet G. Luhmann<BR id=""CRLF"">University of California, Berkeley, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Stanley C. Solomon<BR id=""CRLF"">Boston University, Massacheusetts, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Moon <BR id=""CRLF"">Stuart Ross Taylor<BR id=""CRLF"">Australian National University, Canberra, Australia<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Meteorites <BR id=""CRLF"">Michael E. Lipschutz<BR id=""CRLF"">Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Ludolf Schultz<BR id=""CRLF"">Max-Planck-Institut fur Chemie, Mainz, Germany<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Near-Earth Objects <BR id=""CRLF"">Lucy A. McFadden <BR id=""CRLF"">University of Maryland, College Park, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Richard P. Binzel<BR id=""CRLF"">Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA <BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interaction <BR id=""CRLF"">David C. Catling and Conway Leovy<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Washington, Seattle, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Mars: Surface and Interior <BR id=""CRLF"">Michael H. Carr<BR id=""CRLF"">U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Mars: Landing Site Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry <BR id=""CRLF"">Matthew P. Golombek<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Harry McSween, Jr.<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Main-Belt Asteroids <BR id=""CRLF"">Daniel T. Britt<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Larry Lebofsky<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Arizona, Tucson, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Satellites <BR id=""CRLF"">Bonnie J. Buratti<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Peter C. Thomas<BR id=""CRLF"">Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Atmospheres of the Giant Planets<BR id=""CRLF"">Robert A. West<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Interiors of the Giant Planets <BR id=""CRLF"">Mark S. Marley <BR id=""CRLF"">NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Jonathan J. Fortney<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Arizona, Tucson, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Io: The Volcanic Moon <BR id=""CRLF"">Rosaly M. C. Lopes<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Europa<BR id=""CRLF"">Louise M. Prockter<BR id=""CRLF"">Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Robert T. Pappalardo<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Ganymede and Callisto <BR id=""CRLF"">Geoffrey Collins <BR id=""CRLF"">Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA <BR id=""CRLF"">Torrence V. Johnson<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Titan<BR id=""CRLF"">Athena Coustenis<BR id=""CRLF"">Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Triton<BR id=""CRLF"">William B. McKinnon<BR id=""CRLF"">Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Randy L. Kirk<BR id=""CRLF"">U.S Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA <BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Rings <BR id=""CRLF"">Carolyn C. Porco<BR id=""CRLF"">Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Douglas P. Hamilton<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Maryland, College Park, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Magnetospheres <BR id=""CRLF"">Margaret Galland Kivelson <BR id=""CRLF"">University of California, Los Angeles, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Fran Bagenal<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Colorado, Boulder, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Pluto and Charon <BR id=""CRLF"">Alan Stern<BR id=""CRLF"">Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Physics and Chemistry of Comets<BR id=""CRLF"">John Brandt<BR id=""CRLF"">University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Cometary Dynamics <BR id=""CRLF"">Harold F. Levison<BR id=""CRLF"">Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Kuiper Belt: Dynamics <BR id=""CRLF"">Alessandro Morbidelli<BR id=""CRLF"">CNRS, Nice, France<BR id=""CRLF"">Harold F. Levison<BR id=""CRLF"">Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Kuiper Belt Objects: Physical Studies <BR id=""CRLF"">Stephen C. Tegler<BR id=""CRLF"">Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Solar System Dust <BR id=""CRLF"">Eberhard Grün<BR id=""CRLF"">Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">X-Rays in the Solar System <BR id=""CRLF"">Anil Bhardwaj<BR id=""CRLF"">Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, India<BR id=""CRLF"">Carey M. Lisse<BR id=""CRLF"">Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelengths<BR id=""CRLF"">Amanda R. Hendrix and Robert M. Nelson<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Deborah L. Domingue<BR id=""CRLF"">Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Infrared Views of the Solar System from Space<BR id=""CRLF"">Mark V. Sykes<BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths<BR id=""CRLF"">Imke de Pater<BR id=""CRLF"">University of California, Berkeley, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">William S. Kurth<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">New Generation Optical/Infrared Telescopes<BR id=""CRLF"">Alan T. Tokunaga and Robert Jedicke<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Radar <BR id=""CRLF"">Steven J. Ostro<BR id=""CRLF"">Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Remote Chemical Analysis <BR id=""CRLF"">Thomas H. Prettyman<BR id=""CRLF"">Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Solar System Dynamics: Regular and Chaotic Motion <BR id=""CRLF"">Jack J. Lissauer<BR id=""CRLF"">NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF"">Carl D. Murray<BR id=""CRLF"">University of London, UK<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Impacts <BR id=""CRLF"">Richard A. F. Grieve<BR id=""CRLF"">Humboldt-Universitet zu Berlin, Germany<BR id=""CRLF"">Mark J. Cintala and Roald Tagle<BR id=""CRLF"">NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Volcanism <BR id=""CRLF"">Lionel Wilson<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Lancaster, UK<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planets and the Origin of Life<BR id=""CRLF"">Christopher P. McKay and Wanda L. Davis<BR id=""CRLF"">NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Planetary Exploration Missions <BR id=""CRLF"">James D. Burke<BR id=""CRLF"">The Planetary Society, Pasadena, California, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Extra-Solar Planets <BR id=""CRLF"">Michael Endl and William D. Cochran<BR id=""CRLF"">University of Texas, Austin, USA<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Appendices<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Glossary<BR id=""CRLF""><BR id=""CRLF"">Index

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No. of pages:
992
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2007
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080474984
Hardcover ISBN:
9780120885893

About the Editor

Lucy-Ann McFadden

Lucy McFadden is a planetary scientist at the University of Maryland. She was the founding director of the College Park Scholars Program, Science, Discovery and the Universe. She has published over 75 articles in refereed journals and has been co-investigator on NASA’s NEAR, Deep Impact and Dawn missions exploring asteroids and comets. She has served on committees on solar system exploration for the National Academy of Sciences, and on the editorial board of Icarus.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Maryland, College Park, U.S.A.

Torrence Johnson

Torrence Johnson

Torrence V. Johnson is a specialist on icy satellites in the solar system. He has written over 130 publications for scientific journals. He received a Ph.D. in planetary science from the California Institute of Technology and is now the Chief Scientist for Solar System Exploration at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He was the Project Scientist for the Galileo mission and is currently an investigator on the Cassini mission. He is the recipient of two NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medals and the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal and has an honorary doctorate from the University of Padua, where Galileo made his first observations of the solar system.

Affiliations and Expertise

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

Paul Weissman

Paul R. Weissman is a Senior Research Scientist at JPL, specializing in comets. He is the author of over 100 scientific papers and 30 popular articles. He is also the co-author, with Alan Harris, of a children’s book on the Voyager mission. Dr. Weissman received his doctorate in planetary and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles. His work includes both theoretical and observational studies of comets, investigating their orbital motion, their physical make-up, and the threat they pose due to possible impacts on the Earth. Dr. Weissman is an Interdisciplinary Scientist on ESA’s Rosetta mission to comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Affiliations and Expertise

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, U.S.A.

Reviews

"Encyclopedia of the Solar System, as a title, is almost on a par with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and, 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. It’s a great primer for students as well as a reference for professionals." -WILLIAM K. HARTMANN, Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute

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