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Emphasizes certain basic principles that help to unify the study of the solar system
Organized in a hierarchical manner so that every chapter builds upon preceding ones
Well illustrated with diagrams and color photographs, complete explanatory captions, that reinforce and amplify coverage
Accessible to students at colleges and universities
This textbook is intended to be used in a lecture course for college students majoring in the Earth Sciences. Planetary Science provides an opportunity for these students to apply a wide range of subject matter pertaining to the Earth to the study of other planets of the solar system and their principal satellites. As a result, students gain a wider perspective of the different worlds that are accessible to us and they are led to recognize the Earth as the only oasis in space where we can live without life-support systems.
The subject matter is presented in 24 chapters that lead the reader through the solar system starting with historical perspectives on space exploration and the development of the scientific method. The presentations concerning the planets and their satellites emphasize that their origin and subsequent evolution can be explained by applications of certain basic principles of physics, chemistry, and celestial mechanics and that the surface features of the solid bodies in the solar system can be interpreted by means of the principles of geology.
Organized in a hierarchical manner so that every chapter builds on preceding ones
Abundantly illustrated with diagrams and color images
Includes problem sets and a glossary
Content Level »Graduate
Keywords »Geoinformationssysteme - Planet - Solar - Solar System - exploration of the Solar System - planetary science - planets - satellite - satellites
1. The urge to explore
2. From speculation to understanding
3. The planets of the solar system
4. Life and death of stars
5. Origin of the solar system
6. The earth: model of planetary evolution
7. The clockwork of the solar system
8. Meteorites and impact craters
9. The Earth-Moon system
10. Mercury: too hot for comfort
11. Venus: planetary evolution gone bad
12. Mars: the little planet that could
13. Asteroids: shattered worlds
14. Jupiter: heavy-weight champion
15. Galilean satellites: jewels of the solar system
16. Saturn: the beauty of rings
17. Titan: an ancient world in deep freeze
18. Uranus: what happened here?
19. Neptune: more surprises
20. Pluto and Charon: the odd couple
21. Ice worlds at the outer limit
22. Comets: coming inside from the cold
23. Earth: the cradle of humans
24. Brown-dwarf stars and extrasolar planets
Appendix I. Mathematical equations used in astronomy
Appendix II. Summaries of physical and orbital parameters