Exploring the Solar System
March 2012, Wiley-Blackwell
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Explore the Solar System with Peter Bond
Award-winning author brings together the latest research from the golden age of Solar System exploration.
Throughout history our species has been fascinated with the stars, the planets and the vastness of outer space. The five short decades since the Space Age began has seen spacecraft travel to the furthest reaches of our solar system. Now in Exploring the Solar System award-winning author Peter Bond presents an authoritative and up-to-date account of the results of this golden age of discovery.
“Since humankind first began to send robotic craft beyond Earth’s orbit, the exploration of space has been one of our greatest scientific achievements,” said Bond. “Spacecraft have flown past, or orbited, all of the major planets, they have landed on the Moon, Mars, Titan and an asteroid, bringing back samples and offering us an unparalleled understanding of the solar system which has fascinated our ancestors for millennia.”
Exploring the Solar System starts with an introductory chapter that examines the basic characteristics of the Solar System, before dealing with the gradual expansion of knowledge up to the present day. Detailed appendices provide factual data on all of the Solar System’s major objects and missions.
Exploring the Solar System assumes no background in physics, astronomy or mathematics, making it the ideal introductory for non-scientists. By using illustrations and engaging language this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe.
“For centuries study of the Solar System was beyond our abilities, but what was once science fiction is now science fact,” said Bond. “However, many profound mysteries remain to be explored, including the tantalising possibility that we may find evidence of life on another planet or satellite.”
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