Encyclopedia of the Solar System

Encyclopedia of the Solar System

1st Edition - September 11, 1998

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  • Editors: Paul Weissman, Lucy-Ann McFadden, Torrence Johnson
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080573137

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The Encyclopedia of the Solar System provides a series of comprehensive and authoritative articles written by more than 50 eminent planetary and space scientists. Each chapter is self-contained yet linked by cross-references to other related chapters. This beautifully designed book is a must for the library of professional astronomers and amateur star-gazers alike, in fact for anyone who wishes to understand the nature of our solar system.

Key Features

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@bul:* Cross-referenced throughout for easy comprehension
* Superbly illustrated with over 700 photos, drawings, and diagrams, including 36 color plates
* Provides 40 thematically organized chapters by more than 50 eminent contributors
* Convenient glossaries of technical terms introduce each chapter
* Academic Press maintains a web site for the Encyclopedia at www.academicpress.com/solar; Author-recommended web resources for additional information, images, and research developments related to each chapter of this volume, are available here


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

Table of Contents

  • Contributors
    Foreword, Sally K. Ride
    Guide to the Encyclopedia
    The Solar System and Its Place in the Galaxy, P. Weissman,
    The Origin of the Solar System, P. M. Cassen and D.S. Woolum,
    The Sun, J.B. Zirker,
    The Solar Wind, J.T. Gosling
    Mercury, R.G. Strom
    Venus: Atmosphere, D.M. Hunten
    Venus: Surface and Interior, J.W. Head and A. Basilevski
    Earth as a Planet: Atmosphere and Oceans, T.E. Dowling
    Earth as a Planet: Surface and Interior, D.C. Pieri and A.M. Dziewonski
    The Moon, S.R. Taylor
    Mars: Atmosphere and Volatile History, F.P. Fanale
    Mars: Surface and Interior, M.H. Carr
    Phobos and Deimos, P.C. Thomas
    Atmospheres of the Giant Planets, R.A. West
    Interiors of the Giant Planets, M.S. Marley
    Io, D. Matson and D. Blaney
    Titan, A. Coustenis and R. Lorenz
    Triton, W.B. McKinnon and R.L. Kirk
    Outer Planet Icy Satellites, B.J. Buratti Planetary Rings, C.C. Porco
    Planetary Magnetospheres, M. Kivelson and F. Bagenal
    Pluto and Charon, S.A. Stern and R.V. Yelle
    Physics and Chemistry of Comets, D.C. Boice and W. Huebner
    Cometary Dynamics, J. Fernandez
    The Kuiper Belt, H. Levison and P. Weissman
    Asteroids, D.T. Britt and L.A. Lebofsky
    Near-Earth Asteroids, L.-A. McFadden
    Meteorites, M.E. Lipschutz and L. Schultz
    Interplanetary Dust and the Zodiacal Cloud, E. Grun
    The Solar System at Ultraviolet Wavelenghts, R.M. Nelson and D.L. Domingue
    Infrared Views the Solar System From Space, M.V. Sykes
    The Solar System at Radio Wavelengths, I. de Pater
    Planetary Radar, S. Ostro
    Solar System Dynamics, M. Duncan and J. Lissauer
    Chaotic Motion in the Solar System, C.D. Murray
    Planetary Impacts, R.A.F. Grieve and M.J. Cintala
    Planetary Volcanism, L. Wilson
    Searching For Other Planetary Systems, D. Black
    Planets and the Origin of Life, C.P. McKay and W.L. Davis
    Planetary Exploration Missions, L. Freidman, J. Burke and R. Kraemer
    Extra-Solar Planets: Searching for Other Planetary Systems, D.C. Black

Product details

  • No. of pages: 992
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: September 11, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080573137

About the Editors

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.

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

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