Recent space missions to the outer solar system, Galileo (1996-2003) and Cassini-Huygens (ongoing since 2004), together with ground-based observations, have revealed that the moons of the outer solar system are enigmatic objects, introducing extraordinary challenges for geologists, astrobiologists, organic chemists, and planetologists. This book will provide the reader with an up-to-date view of what we know and understand of the moons of outer planets: by their complexity, their internal differentiation, their geological and/or atmospheric activity, their still poorly known history and evolution. Many of these moons are actual "planetary worlds", with all the complexity this term implies. In particular, and this is the aspect this book has chosen to emphasize, these bodies are complex evolving systems in which the interactions and chemical exchange processes between the different layers - from core to atmosphere or exosphere - play a key role.
Satellites of the Outer Solar System: Exchange Processes Involving the Interiors is aimed at researchers and graduate students who are active in planetary science and related branches in geology, astrobiology and chemistry. This is the second publication of its kind in the Space Sciences Series of ISSI and the result of a successful joint venture between ISSI and Europlanet.
Previously published in Space Science Reviews journal, Vol. 153/1-4, 2010.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Planet - Planetary Protection - Solar System - exobiology - solar - spectroscopy
Foreword.- Preface.- Environments in the Outer Solar System.- Characteristics of Icy Surfaces.- Chemical Composition of Icy Satellite Surfaces.- Atmospheric/Exospheric Characteristics of Icy Satellites.- Phase Behaviour of Ices and Hydrates.- Spectroscopy of Icy Moon Surface Materials.- Radar Signal Propagation and Detection Through Ice.- Rheological and Thermal Properties of Icy Materials.- Radiolysis and Photolysis of Icy Satellite Surfaces: Experiments and Theory.- Implications of Rotation, Orbital States, Energy Sources, and Heat Transport for Internal Processes in Icy Satellites.- Effects of the External Environment on Icy Satellites.- Surface, Subsurface and Atmosphere Exchanges on the Satellites of the Outer Solar System.- From Gas to Satellitesimals: Disk Formation and Evolution.- Planetesimals and Satellitesimals: Formation of the Satellite Systems.- Evolution of Icy Satellites.- Subsurface Water Oceans on Icy Satellites: Chemical Composition and Exchange Processes.- Exobiology and Planetary Protection of icy moons.