Moons and Planets

ISBN-10: 0534493939
ISBN-13: 9780534493936
Edition: 5th 2005 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $337.95
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Brooks/Cole
Publication date: 6/11/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 456
Size: 8.25" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 3.410
Language: English

Author William Hartmann has fully updated this text, which retains a comparative approach to the principles of planetology, including organization by physical topic rather than by planet. This unique approach promotes an understanding of the unifying principles and processes that cause similarities and differences among the moon and planets. This edition features findings and photos from Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor missions as well as information on new discoveries about Mars, such as underground ice and possible glacial features. The author also includes new results about the "Tagish Lake fireball," material from the landing of the NEAR spacecraft on asteroid Eros, and updates on satellites of Jupiter and Saturn. The text's unique math boxes provide flexibility to teach planetary science at a descriptive level or at a moderately advanced level involving algebra and elementary calculus.

William K. Hartmann is known internationally as a planetary astronomer, writer, and painter. He is a Senior Scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Arizona. His research has involved the origin and evolution of planets and studies of the surfaces of Mars, the moon, asteroids, and comets. Asteroid 3341 is named after him in recognition of this work, and in 1998 he was named first recipient of the Carl Sagan medal of the American Astronomical Society for communicating planetary science to the public. In 2002 he was awarded a medal from the European Geophysical Society for his work on planetary cratering. He has authored three other astronomy books for Thomson, Brooks-Cole, several popular astronomy books, and two novels, MARS UNDERGROUND and CITIES OF GOLD.

Introduction: Planetary Science and the Cosmic Perspective
The Solar System: An Overview
Celestial Mechanics
The Formation of Stars and Planetary Material
The Formation of Planets and Satellites
Meteorites and Meteoritics
Interplanetary Worldlets: Asteroids and Comets
Planetary Interiors
Planetary Surfaces I: Petrology, Primitive Surfaces, and Cratering
Planetary Surfaces II: Volcanism and Endogenic Processes of Surface Evolution
Planetary Atmospheres
Life: Its History and Occurrence
Martian Epilogue: Applying Planetary Science on a New Frontier
Appendix: Planetary Data Table
References
Index

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