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Grand Tour A Traveler's Guide to the Solar System

ISBN-10: 0761135472
ISBN-13: 9780761135470
Edition: 3rd 2005
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Description: Anyone with a little extra cash and a plane ticket can take a “ grand tour” of Europe. But a tour of the Solar System? Now that’ s an experience deserving of the word grand. Introducing the new edition of the book praised as “ spectacular” (London  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/23/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 10.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 2.332

Anyone with a little extra cash and a plane ticket can take a “ grand tour” of Europe. But a tour of the Solar System? Now that’ s an experience deserving of the word grand. Introducing the new edition of the book praised as “ spectacular” (London Times), “ eye-boggling” (Future Life), “ concise and informative . . . the colorful and imaginative paintings steal the show” (Chicago Tribune), with “ page after page filled with new color paintings, each the well-controlled evocation of a spectacular scene” (Scientific American).Originally published in 1981 and revised in 1993, The Grand Tour, an astronomy classic with 196,000 copies in print, takes readers on an imaginative trip through every corner of the solar system, in much the same way as Cook’ s once took travelers on a grand tour of the Continent. Completely updated and revised and drawing on discoveries made by Voyager I and II, Magellan, Galileo, the Hubble Space Telescope, the Mars Global Surveyor Mission and other space initiatives, The Grand Tour is a dazzling journey that combines lush art and up-to-the-minute science. One hundred new paintings give travelers an unprecedented view of phenomena such as Saturn’ s rings from Saturn itself; the rusty-red dune fields of Mars; the rugged surface of Mercury, saturated with impact craters; and the Kuiper Belt of planetesimals, the largest of which is Pluto— now considered a half-planet. From the vast reaches of Jupiter to tiny frozen Rhea, like a snowball orbiting around Saturn, it is a journey of astonishing proportions.

Ron Miller has worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for more than 30 years. He has written short stories, nonfiction works, novels, and created a comic book. His illustrations have appeared in magazines such as Astronomy and Scientific American. He has also worked on motion pictures and created postage stamps.

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.

Introducing the Territory
The Fifteen Largest Worlds
Jupiter: Planet of the Gods
Saturn: Lord of the Rings
Uranus: A Sideways World
Neptune: The Last Giant
Earth: The Planet of Life
Venus: The Veiled Inferno
Mars: The Rusted Planet
Ganymede: A New Wrinkle
Titan: The Masked Moon
Mercury: Child of the Sun
Callisto: The Battered Moon
IO: A World Turning Inside Out
The Moon: Earth's Companion
Europa: An Icy Cue Ball
Triton: A World Out of Place
Selected Smaller Worlds
Pluto and Charon
Titania and Oberon
Rhea Iapetus
Umbriel and Ariel
Dione and Tethys
Ceres Enceldus
Vesta Miranda Mimas Nereid
Hektor Amalthea
Chiron Janus and Epimetheus
Themus Naiad Comet
P/Schwassmann-Wachmann I
Phobos and Deimos
Gaspra Halley's Comet
Amor and 1862 Apollo
Castalia and 4179 Toutatis
Appendix
Glossary
Further Reading
Index

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