Über den Autor
Award winning author, Peter Bond, is a Fellow of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Interplanetary Society. He has written 10 books and hundreds of articles about astronomy, space exploration and planet Earth, and contributed to, or edited, numerous others. Peter has been a consultant and writer for the European Space Agency for many years, and was a press officer for the Royal Astronomical Society 1995-2007.
Introduction 1rn1 Beginnings 3rn2 Sun 23rn3 Earth 52rn4 The Moon 86rn5 Mercury 112rn6 Venus 133rn7 Mars 156rn8 Jupiter 210rn9 Saturn 243rn10 Uranus 281rn11 Neptune 298rn12 Pluto and the Kuiper Belt 314rn13 Comets, Asteroids and Meteorites 335rn14 Exoplanets 379rnAppendices 412rnGlossary 432rnFurther Reading 437rnIndex 450
The exploration of our solar system is one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements. The last fifty years in particular have seen huge steps forward in our understanding of the planets, the sun, and other objects in the solar system. Whilst planetary science is now a mature discipline - involving geoscientists, astronomers, physicists, and others - many profound mysteries remain, and there is indeed still the tantalizing possibility that we may find evidence of life on another planet in our system.Drawing upon the latest results from the second golden age of Solar System exploration, author Peter Bond provides an authoritative and up-to-date account of the planets, satellites and smaller debris that orbit the Sun.rnWritten in an informal style, with minimal use of mathematics, this book is the ideal introductory text for non-science students and other readers with little or no science background. With the aid of numerous illustrations, many in full colour, this exciting book brings to life the weird and wonderful worlds that populate our corner of the Universe.rnThis book:n* Assumes no background in physics , astronomy or mathematicsn* Carefully explains key conceptsn* Gives balanced coverage to areas of controversy or uncertainty in planetary sciencen* Is in in full color throughout and richly illustratedrnAn interview with Peter can be found at http://wisciblog.com/2012/02/28/exploring-the-solar-system/