Lunar and Planetary Surface Conditions - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781483196589, 9781483221618

Lunar and Planetary Surface Conditions

1st Edition

Advances in Space Science and Technology, Vol. 2

Authors: Nicholas A. Weil
Editors: Frederick I. Ordway
eBook ISBN: 9781483221618
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1965
Page Count: 234
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Description

Lunar and Planetary Surface Conditions considers the inferential knowledge concerning the surfaces of the Moon and the planetary companions in the Solar System. The information presented in this four-chapter book is based on remote observations and measurements from the vantage point of Earth and on the results obtained from accelerated space program of the United States and U.S.S.R. Chapter 1 presents the prevalent hypotheses on the origin and age of the Solar System, followed by a brief description of the methods and feasibility of information acquisition concerning lunar and planetary data, either from fixed terrestrial observatories or from instrumented or manned space probes. Chapter 2 reviews all conditions pertaining to the surface aspects of the closest celestial neighbor, the Moon. Sections in this chapter deal sequentially with the atmosphere, temperature conditions, subsurface stratification, field intensities (gravitational, electric, and magnetic), and lastly with the biological conditions existing on the lunar surface. This chapter also provides information on the density of the lunar atmosphere under quiescent or high-flux transient conditions, on the topography of the lunar surface, and on the probable proportion of crater-covered areas in the highlands and on the Maria. Chapter 3 is a detailed treatment of the surface conditions on the terrestrial planets, comprising Mercury, Venus, and Mars, while Chapter 4 deals with similar information relating to the so-called Jovian planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune) and Pluto. This book will prove useful to lunar and planetary mission planners, both those concerned with the purely scientific aspects of surfaces and immediate subsurfaces, and those involved in the development of roving exploration vehicles.

Table of Contents


Foreword

Preface

I. Introduction

A. Hypotheses on the Origin and Age of the Solar System

B. Methods of Data Acquisition for Surface Conditions

II. Surface Conditions on the Moon

A. Lunar Atmosphere

B. Temperature Conditions

C. Surface Conditions

D. Subsurface Stratification

E. Gravitational, Electric, and Magnetic Fields

F. Biological Aspects

III. Surface Conditions on the Terrestrial Planets

A. Mercury

B. Venus

C. Mars

IV. Surface Conditions on the Outer Planets

A. Jupiter

B. Saturn

C. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto

References

Subject Index


Details

No. of pages:
234
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1965
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483221618

About the Author

Nicholas A. Weil

About the Editor

Frederick I. Ordway