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Planet Mercury

From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World

Authors: Rothery, David A.

  • Describes our state-of-the-art understanding of the planet Mercury based on latest observations, which reveal a very dynamic world
  • Discusses Mercury’s significance in the light of the many exoplanets now known to orbit very close to their stars
  • Explains what we can infer about Mercury's origin and evolution
  • Accessible to amateur astronomers and undergraduate students
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About this book

A new and detailed picture of Mercury is emerging thanks to NASA’s MESSENGER mission that spent four years in orbit about the Sun’s innermost planet. Comprehensively illustrated by close-up images and other data, the author describes Mercury’s landscapes from a geological perspective: from sublimation hollows, to volcanic vents, to lava plains, to giant thrust faults. He considers what its giant core, internal structure and weird composition have to tell us about the formation and evolution of a planet so close to the Sun. This is of special significance in view of the discovery of so many exoplanets in similarly close orbits about their stars. Mercury generates its own magnetic field, like the Earth (but unlike Venus, Mars and the Moon), and the interplay between Mercury’s and the Sun’s magnetic field affects many processes on its surface and in the rich and diverse exosphere of neutral and charged particles surrounding the planet.

There is much about Mercury that we still don’t understand. Accessible to the amateur, but also a handy state-of-the-art digest for students and researchers, the book shows how our knowledge of Mercury developed over the past century of ground-based, fly-by and orbital observations, and looks ahead at the mysteries remaining for future missions to explore.

About the authors

David A. Rothery is Professor of Planetary Geosciences at the Open University at Milton Keynes, UK. He has been member of the PPARC Solar System Advisory Panel and the BepiColombo Oversight Committee, and is UK Lead Scientist on MIXS (Mercury Imaging X-ray Spectrometer), one of the instruments on the European Space Agency's BepiColombo mission to Mercury to be launched in 2016. His research interests centre on the study of volcanic activity by means of remote sensing, and volcanology and geoscience in general on other planets.

Reviews

“The book comprises seven, well-illustrated chapters: the first begin a good summary of pre-space-age knowledge of the planet. … this is a good book and a pleasure to own. It will live where it can be found easily.” (Jeremy Joseph, Geoscientist, Vol. 26, July, 2016)

“Rothery has crafted an engaging and well-constructed book, which is copiously sprinkled with clear illustrations, most of which are in colour. It ought to enjoy a wide readership from the dedicated amateur to the professional specialist. … Very few books devoted to the planet Mercury exist; this latest one is a must for astronomical libraries.” (Richard McKim, The Observatory, Vol. 136 (1250), February, 2016)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-12117-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-12116-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $84.99
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  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at 1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (Weekdays 8:30am – 5:30pm ET) to place your order.
  • Due: August 31, 2016
  • ISBN 978-3-319-34894-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Planet Mercury
Book Subtitle
From Pale Pink Dot to Dynamic World
Authors
Series Title
Springer Praxis Books
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-12117-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-12117-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-12116-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-34894-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 180
Number of Illustrations and Tables
46 b/w illustrations, 57 illustrations in colour
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