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The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets

The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets


  • Date Published: November 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521781831

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About the Authors
  • The Cambridge Photographic Guide to the Planets contains a selection of the latest and most interesting images of the planets, moons, comets and asteroids of our Solar System. The book begins with a general introduction to the planetary system, its origin and evolution. Each subsequent chapter is devoted to a different planet or solar system body, and contains a comprehensive introduction to the body, and its moons and rings where relevant. This is followed by a selection of carefully chosen images from planetary missions, with explanatory captions. The author provides an authoritative description of what these images reveal and the puzzles that they pose for scientists. This photographic guide will be of interest to anybody with a fascination of the planets, from the amateur to the professional astronomer.

    • Full of the latest images from planetary missions
    • Comprehensive descriptions of the solar system bodies and the puzzles they pose for scientists
    • The author is highly respected and has worked with NASA and ESA on many planetary missions
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Taylor has produced a useful and fascinating book that I can recommend to anyone interested in the planets.' C. R. Kitchin, Astronomy Now

    'Asteroids, comets and meteorites provide the basis for theories about how the more highly processed, bigger objects of the solar system came to be, and Taylor covers this territory well.' Martin Ince, The Times Higher Education Supplement

    'This photographic guide will be of interest to anybody with a fascination for the planets, from the amateur to the professional astronomer.' Richard Taylor, Spaceflight

    '… a family album of revealing photographs of our many previously unseen and mysterious neighbors … an arresting reminder of the stunning collection of photos and photo mosaics that have been amassed from 30 years of solar-system exploration and a compelling record of the journeys of Pathfinder, Galileo, Magellan, Clementine, and the rest of man's team of continuing explorers.' Brian Anderson, Lunar and Planetary Information

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521781831
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 284 x 226 x 27 mm
    • weight: 1.547kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 255 colour illus. 19 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Earth and Moon
    Asteroids and comets
    The Jovian system
    The Saturnian system
    The Uranian system
    Pluto and the edge of the solar system.

  • Author

    Fredric W. Taylor, University of Oxford
    Fred Taylor is Halley Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, and a Distinguished Visiting Scientist in the Earth and Space Sciences Division at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology. His research interests include the physics of planetary atmospheres; experimental methods for studying atmospheres; and the theory of atmospheric radiation and atmospheric molecular spectroscopy. Professor Taylor has worked with NASA or the European Space Agency on missions to Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury and Titan.

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