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Exploring Space, Exploring Earth
New Understanding of the Earth from Space Research

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Neil Armstrong
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  • Date Published: August 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521661256

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  • This book describes the impact of space flight on geology and geophysics, beginning with a foreword by Neil Armstrong, which illustrates how the exploration of space has lead us to a far deeper understanding of our own planet. Direct results from Earth-orbital missions include studies of Earth's gravity and magnetic fields. In contrast, the recognition of the economic and biological significance of impact craters on Earth is an indirect consequence of the study of the geology of other planets. The final chapter presents a new theory for the tectonic evolution of the Earth based on comparative planetology and the Gaia concept.

    • Contains a foreword by Neil Armstrong
    • Presents both terrestrial and extraterrestrial discoveries in geology and geophysics from space
    • Quantitative but non-mathematical; written for non-technical readers with no equations; extensively illustrated with maps, photographs and line drawings
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    • Date Published: August 2002
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521661256
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 181 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.85kg
    • contains: 114 b/w illus. 27 colour illus. 6 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword Neil Armstrong
    1. Preview of the orbital perspective: the Million Year Day
    2. Space geodesy
    3. Satellite studies of geomagnetism
    4. Remote sensing: the view from space
    5. Impact cratering and terrestrial geology
    6. Comparative planetology and the origin of continental crust
    7. Geology and biology: the influence of life on terrestrial geology
    Appendix A. Elements of physical geology
    Appendix B. Lunar missions, 1958 to 1994
    Appendix C. Planetary missions, 1961 to 1992
    Glossary of geologic terms
    Selected bibliography (by chapter)

  • Author

    Paul D. Lowman Jr, Goddard Space Flight Center, Maryland
    Paul Lowman has been involved in a wide range of space research programs at the Goddard Space Flight Center. In 1963–4 he took part in planning for the Apollo missions. He was Principal Investigator for Synoptic Terrain Photography on the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo earth orbital missions, an experiment that laid the foundation for Landsat. Between 1965 and 1970 he taught lunar geology at the University of California, Catholic University of America, Washington DC, and the Air Force Institute of Technology. Dr Lowman was also involved with the Mariner 9 Mars mission, the Apollo X-ray fluorescence experiment and Apollo 11 and 12 sample analysis among others. His main research interest was and still is the origin of continental crust, as approached through comparative planetology. In 1974, Dr Lowman received the Lindsay Award from the Goddard Space Flight Center. He was elected a Fellow of the Geological Society of America in 1975, and of the Geological Society of Canada in 1988. Drawing on his dual career in terrestrial and lunar geology, he authored Space Panorama (1968), Lunar Panorama (1970), and The Third Planet (1972). He also contributed to Mission to Earth (1976), the first NASA compilation of Landsat pictures edited by N. M. Short.


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    Neil Armstrong

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