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Robotic Exploration of the Solar System

Part 3: Wows and Woes, 1997-2003

Ulivi, Paolo, Harland, David M

Jointly published with Praxis Publishing, UK

2012, XIII, 529 p. 243 illus.

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  • The 4-volume series provides comprehensive coverage with thousands of references to the professional literature Emphasizes the technology of space probes
  • Comprehensive coverage ranges from the earliest planetary probes to the most recent planetary flights and missions
  • Provides multilingual references (including Chinese, Russian, Czech, French, Italian)
  • Details many unflown and unfulfilled missions
  • Describes the technical rivalry between the US and Soviet Union in the development of launches

In Robotic Exploration of the Solar System, Paolo Ulivi and David Harland provide a comprehensive account of the design and managment of deep-space missions, the spacecraft involved - some flown, others not - their instruments, and their scientific results.

This third volume in the series covers launches in the period 1997 to 2003 and features:

- a chapter entirely devoted to the Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn;

- coverage of planetary missions of the period, including the Deep Space 1 mission and the Stardust and Hayabusa sample returns from comets and asteroids;

- extensive coverage of Mars exploration, the failed 1999 missions, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, and the twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity.

The story will continue in Part 4.

Content Level » Popular/general

Keywords » Cassini - Mars - Saturn - Space Age - space probes - spacecraft - unmanned

Related subjects » Astrobiology - Astronomy - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Mechanical Engineering - Popular Astronomy

Table of contents 

(In Part 1) Introduction.- Chapter 1: The beginning.- Chapter 2: Of landers and orbiters.- Chapter 3: The grandest tour.- (In Part 2) Chapter 4: The decade of Halley.- Chapter 5: The era of flagships.- Chapter 6: Faster, cheaper, better.- (Now in Part 3) Foreword.- Author's Preface.- Acknowledgments.- Chapter 7: The last flagship.- Chapter 8: Faster, cheaper, better continues.- Chapter 9: Mars invaded.- Glossary.- Appendices.- Chapter references.- Further reading.- Previous volumes in this series.- Index.

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