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
Hardcover ISBN: 9780120885893
eBook ISBN: 9780080474984
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 14th December 2006
Page Count: 992
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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

Details

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 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