Astronomy and Astrophysics Library

The Solar System

Authors: Encrenaz, Therese, Bibring, Jean-Pierre, Blanc, M.

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About this Textbook

Since the first edition of this book appeared in 1990, planetology has seen a number of fascinating discoveries that have increased our knowledge of the Solar System. These have come from both ground- and space-based observa­ tional programmes. Although some space probe missions have ended in fail­ ure, even they have added to our store of information about the planetary environment. The Galileo probe, despite being crippled by its incompletely deployed main antenna, has already achieved some spectacular results. For the first time we have obtained pictures of asteriods, with the images that Galileo returned of Gaspra, Ida, and the latter's satellite, Dactyl. The main objective, the drop­ ping of an instrumented capsule into Jupiter's atomosphere, and prolonged in-situ investigation of the planet, will take place at the end of 1995. Saturn's turn will come early in the next century with the Cassini mission (to be launched in 1997), which will study the planet for an extended period and attempt to land the Huygens probe on the surface of Titan. NASA's Magellan mission proved to be a great success, with its highly detailed radar mapping of the surface, and atmospheric studies. The exploration of Mars was less fortunate with the failure of both spaceprobes of the Soviet Phobos mission, as well as NASA's Mars Observer probe. Despite this set­ back, plans are in hand for future, collaborative exploration of the planet, using both surface stations (possibly active rovers), surface penetrators and balloon probes, as well as orbiters.

Reviews

From the reviews:

"This dense text book [...] is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Physicalia 2005, 57, page 215-216)

"As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal." (R. Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society AAS, May 2005)

From the reviews of the third edition:

"This is the third edition of the originally published book in French in 1987. The solar system, planets and satellites, asteroids, comets and interplanetary dust is discussed in a very systematic and quantitative way. … This dense text book … is a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system addressed certainly to students and searchers in astronomy but is also very pleasant to read for a more external reader with some scientific knowledge." (Laurent Favart, Physicalia, Vol. 57 (3), 2005)

"Originally published in 1987, at just over 500 pages, the third edition of this hardcover text has been translated from its native French by Storm Dunlop. … it is not a picture book designed to catch the eye, but a serious review of the physical and chemical structure and evolution of the solar system. As a detailed reference to the astronomy and physics of the solar system, I have yet to meet its equal. … A highly recommended reference book." (Roger Feasey, Journal of the Auckland Astronomical Society, May, 2005)

"This book, originally appeared in French in 1987 … . It is a good book for those intending to increase their knowledge on modern planetology. … This volume offers a nice journey inside the solar system and closes with a brief account on the search for life in the Universe. … The volume ends with a series of references for each chapter together with an alphabetic index for a quick item search. The book is accessible to many researchers and postgraduate students." (M. Storini, Bollettino della Società Italiana di Fisica, Vol. 28 (1), 2005) 


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • General Features of the Solar System

    Encrenaz, Thérèse (et al.)

    Pages 1-26

  • Methods of Studying the Solar System

    Encrenaz, Thérèse (et al.)

    Pages 27-42

  • The Formation of the Solar System

    Encrenaz, Thérèse (et al.)

    Pages 43-61

  • The Interaction of Solar-System Bodies with the Interplanetary Medium

    Blanc, Michel

    Pages 62-115

  • The Inner Planets and Their Satellites

    Encrenaz, Thérèse (et al.)

    Pages 116-176

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Solar System
Authors
Translated by
Dunlop, S.
Series Title
Astronomy and Astrophysics Library
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-662-03164-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-662-03164-3
Series ISSN
0941-7834
Edition Number
2
Number of Pages
XVIII, 349
Number of Illustrations and Tables
101 b/w illustrations
Additional Information
Original French edition published by InterEditions et Editions du CNRS, Paris 1987
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