Encyclopedia of the Solar System

Encyclopedia of the Solar System

2nd Edition - December 14, 2006
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  • Editors: Lucy-Ann McFadden, Torrence Johnson, Paul Weissman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474984

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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

    Foreword

    The Solar System and Its Place in the Galaxy
    Paul R. Weissman
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

    The Origin of the Solar System
    Alex N. Halliday
    University of Oxford, UK
    John E. Chambers
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California, USA

    A History of Solar System Studies
    David Leverington
    BAE Systems, UK (Retired)

    The Sun
    Markus J. Aschwanden
    Lockheed-Martin ATC, Palo Alto, California, USA

    The Solar Wind
    John T. Gosling
    University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

    Mercury
    Robert G. Strom
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Venus: Atmosphere
    Donald M. Hunten
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Venus: Surface and Interior
    Suzanne E. Smrekar
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
    Ellen R. Stofan
    Proxemy Research, Bowie, Maryland, USA

    Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans
    Timothy E. Dowling
    University of Louisville, Kentucky, USA
    Adam Showman
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior
    David C. Pieri
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
    Adam M. Dziewonski
    Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    The Sun-Earth Connection
    Janet G. Luhmann
    University of California, Berkeley, USA
    Stanley C. Solomon
    Boston University, Massacheusetts, USA

    The Moon
    Stuart Ross Taylor
    Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

    Meteorites
    Michael E. Lipschutz
    Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA
    Ludolf Schultz
    Max-Planck-Institut fur Chemie, Mainz, Germany

    Near-Earth Objects
    Lucy A. McFadden
    University of Maryland, College Park, USA
    Richard P. Binzel
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA

    Mars Atmosphere: History and Surface Interaction
    David C. Catling and Conway Leovy
    University of Washington, Seattle, USA

    Mars: Surface and Interior
    Michael H. Carr
    U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, USA

    Mars: Landing Site Geology, Mineralogy, and Geochemistry
    Matthew P. Golombek
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
    Harry McSween, Jr.
    University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA

    Main-Belt Asteroids
    Daniel T. Britt
    University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA
    Larry Lebofsky
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Planetary Satellites
    Bonnie J. Buratti
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA
    Peter C. Thomas
    Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

    Atmospheres of the Giant Planets
    Robert A. West
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

    Interiors of the Giant Planets
    Mark S. Marley
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA
    Jonathan J. Fortney
    University of Arizona, Tucson, USA

    Io: The Volcanic Moon
    Rosaly M. C. Lopes
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

    Europa
    Louise M. Prockter
    Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA
    Robert T. Pappalardo
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

    Ganymede and Callisto
    Geoffrey Collins
    Wheaton College, Massachusetts, USA
    Torrence V. Johnson
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, USA

    Titan
    Athena Coustenis
    Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France

    Triton
    William B. McKinnon
    Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
    Randy L. Kirk
    U.S Geological Survey, Flagstaff, Arizona, USA

    Planetary Rings
    Carolyn C. Porco
    Space Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA
    Douglas P. Hamilton
    University of Maryland, College Park, USA

    Planetary Magnetospheres
    Margaret Galland Kivelson
    University of California, Los Angeles, USA
    Fran Bagenal
    University of Colorado, Boulder, USA

    Pluto and Charon
    Alan Stern
    Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA

    Physics and Chemistry of Comets
    John Brandt
    University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA

    Cometary Dynamics
    Harold F. Levison
    Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA

    Kuiper Belt: Dynamics
    Alessandro Morbidelli
    CNRS, Nice, France
    Harold F. Levison
    Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, USA

    Kuiper Belt Objects: Physical Studies
    Stephen C. Tegler
    Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, USA

    Solar System Dust
    Eberhard Grün
    Max Planck Institute of Nuclear Physics, Heidelberg, Germany

    X-Rays in the Solar System
    Anil Bhardwaj
    Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Trivandrum, India
    Carey M. Lisse
    Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA

    The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelengths
    Amanda R. Hendrix and Robert M. Nelson
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA
    Deborah L. Domingue
    Applied Physics Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University, Laurel, Maryland, USA

    Infrared Views of the Solar System from Space
    Mark V. Sykes
    Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona, USA

    The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths
    Imke de Pater
    University of California, Berkeley, California, USA
    William S. Kurth
    University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA

    New Generation Optical/Infrared Telescopes
    Alan T. Tokunaga and Robert Jedicke
    University of Hawaii, Honolulu, USA

    Planetary Radar
    Steven J. Ostro
    Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA

    Remote Chemical Analysis
    Thomas H. Prettyman
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, USA

    Solar System Dynamics: Regular and Chaotic Motion
    Jack J. Lissauer
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA
    Carl D. Murray
    University of London, UK

    Planetary Impacts
    Richard A. F. Grieve
    Humboldt-Universitet zu Berlin, Germany
    Mark J. Cintala and Roald Tagle
    NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, USA

    Planetary Volcanism
    Lionel Wilson
    University of Lancaster, UK

    Planets and the Origin of Life
    Christopher P. McKay and Wanda L. Davis
    NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, California, USA

    Planetary Exploration Missions
    James D. Burke
    The Planetary Society, Pasadena, California, USA

    Extra-Solar Planets
    Michael Endl and William D. Cochran
    University of Texas, Austin, USA

    Appendices

    Glossary

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 992
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: December 14, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080474984

About the Editors

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.