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An Overview of the Solar System
- Wikipedia , 2013
The Solar System comprises the Sun and its planetary system, as well as a number of dwarf planets, satellites, and other objects that orbit the Sun. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the gravitational collapse of a giant molecular cloud.
Vision and Voyages for Planetary Science in the Decade 2013-2022
- National Academy of Sciences , 2011
This book surveys the current state of knowledge of the solar system and recommends a suite of planetary science flagship missions for the decade 2013-2022 that could provide a steady stream of important new discoveries about the solar system.
- Wikipedia , 2012
The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects. It formed 4.6 billion years ago from the collapse of a molecular cloud. The majority of the system's mass is in the Sun...
From Disks to Planets
by Andrew N. Youdin, Scott J. Kenyon - arXiv , 2012
The text covers the theory of planet formation with an emphasis on the physical processes relevant to current research. After summarizing empirical constraints from astronomical data we describe the structure and evolution of protoplanetary disks.
Consolidated Lunar Atlas
by Gerald P. Kuiper, et al. - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1960
In the dawn of the Space Age, NASA undertook to find and assemble the very best images of the Moon it could find. In a project led by Gerard Kuiper, the best telescopic plates from observatories around the world were assembled into one compilation.
Lunar Orbiter Photographic Atlas of the Moon
by D.E. Hughes, J.K. Bowker - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1971
This Atlas is considered the definitive reference manual to the global photographic coverage of the Moon. The images contained within the atlas are excellent for studying lunar morphology because they were obtained at low to moderate Sun angles.
by Matthew S. Tiscareno - arXiv , 2011
Understanding of disks in general can be enhanced by understanding the dynamical processes observed at close-range planetary rings. We review the known ring systems of the four giant planets, and the prospects for ring systems yet to be discovered.
Guidebook to the Geology of Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona
by David A. Kring - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 2007
This guidebook provides a trail-oriented geological tour of the Barringer Meteorite Crater, Arizona. The geological processes involved in the formation of the crater have been broken down into a series of discrete topics.
The Geology of the Terrestrial Planets
by Michael H. Carr - NASA , 1984
The knowledge gained through space exploration is leading to the new science of comparative planetology. This book outlines the geologic history of the terrestrial planets in light of recent exploration and the revolution in geologic thinking.
Lunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology
by John Lindsay - Elsevier , 1976
Lunar Stratigraphy and Sedimentology is an attempt to organize some of the information now available about the sedimentary rocks forming the lunar crust in a way that allows some comparison with the terrestrial sedimentary environment.
Moon Trip: A Personal Account of the Apollo Program and its Science
by Elbert A. King - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1989
The excitement of the Apollo program was that it accomplished a bold leap from the surface of the Earth to the Moon. The deed challenged our technology and engineering skill. Preparations are being made now for another and even more daring leap.
Planetary Science: A Lunar Perspective
by Stuart Ross Taylor - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1982
The technical triumph of manned landings on the Moon and the return of samples from the lunar surface has provided scientists with a unique opportunity to advance our understanding of the nature, evolution and origin of the solar system.
To a Rocky Moon: A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration
by Don E. Wilhelms - University of Arizona Press , 1993
Don Wilhelms was a member of the Apollo Scientific Team. In this book he describes his role, along with his colleagues, during the Apollo explorations of the Moon. He presents a brief history of the theories associated with the origin of the moon.
Guide to Lunar Orbiter Photographs
by Thomas P. Hansen - NASA , 1970
The 1964 Lunar Orbiter program consisted of the investigation of the Moon by five unmanned spacecraft. Its objective was to obtain detailed photographs of the Moon. This document presents information on the location and coverage of all photographs.
Traces of Catastrophe
by Bevan M French - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1998
A detailed introduction to impact processes, crater formation, and shock metamorphism. The book is intended for geoscientists of all kinds: students, professors and professional geologists who may encounter an impact structure in the field area.
Protoplanetary Disks and Their Evolution
by Jonathan P. Williams, Lucas A. Cieza - arXiv , 2011
Flattened disks of cool dust and gas are found around almost all low mass stars shortly after their birth. This review addresses observations of the outer parts of protoplanetary disks with a focus on recent infrared and (sub-)millimeter results.
The Story of Eclipses
by George F. Chambers - S. S. McClure Co. , 1909
The book presents in a readable, yet soundly scientific, language a popular account of eclipses of the Sun and Moon, and very briefly of certain kindred astronomical phenomena similar to those which operate in connection with eclipses.
Origin of the Moon
by W. K. Hartmann, R. J. Phillips, G. J. Taylor - Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1986
Contents: History; Dynamical Constraints; Geochemical Constraints; Geophysical Constraints; Theories and Processes of Origin: Lunar Formation Involving Capture or Fission; Lunar Formation Triggered by Large Impact; and more.
Chondrules and their Origins
by Elbert A. King - The Lunar and Planetary Institute , 1983
The origins of chondrules are fundamental problems of most stony meteorites and some planetary surface samples. The contents of this volume are designed to provide the reader with a broad overview of current ideas in this area of research.
Basaltic Volcanism on the Terrestrial Planets
- Pergamon Press , 1981
The theme of this book is the study of basaltic volcanism on the terrestrial planets as a stage in planetary evolution: to use the eruption of lava from the interior of a planet as evidence of the thermal and chemical processes of the planet.
Lecture notes on the formation and early evolution of planetary systems
by Philip J. Armitage - arXiv , 2010
An introduction to the theory of the formation and early evolution of planetary systems. Topics covered: the structure, evolution and dispersal of protoplanetary disks; the formation of planetesimals, terrestrial and gas giant planets; etc.
Voyager 1 and 2: Atlas of Six Saturnian Satellites
by Raymond M. Batson - NASA , 1984
Published in 1984 after several years of photographic analysis, this book presents maps of the six Saturnian moons which were investigated by the Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft during their flyby missions of Saturn in 1980 and 1981, respectively.
To See the Unseen: A History of Planetary Radar Astronomy
by Andrew J. Butrica - NASA History Division , 1996
A comprehensive history of this surprisingly significant scientific discipline. Quite rigorous and systematic in its methodology, To See the Unseen explores the development of the radar astronomy specialty in the larger community of scientists.
Evolution of the Solar System
by Hannes Alfven, Gustaf Arrhenius - NASA , 1976
A realistic attempt to reconstruct the early history of the solar system. The authors chose a procedure which reduces speculation as much as possible and connects the evolutionary models as closely as possible to experiment and observation.
A Photographic Atlas of Rock Breakdown Features in Geomorphic Environments
by Mary Bourke, Heather Viles - Planetary Science Institute , 2007
A comprehensive image collection of rock breakdown features observed on boulders. This atlas is intended as a tool for planetary geoscientists and their students to assist in identifying surface features found on rocks on planetary surfaces.
Views of the Solar System
by Calvin J. Hamilton , 2008
This page presents a vivid adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, scientific facts, graphics and videos.
Atomic and Molecular Processes in Astronomy and Planetary Science
by Geoffrey A. Blake - California Institute of Technology , 2004
This course discusses the fundamental aspects of atomic and molecular spectra that enable one to infer physical conditions in astronomical, planetary and terrestrial environments from the analysis of their electromagnetic radiation.
The Planet Mars: A History of Observation and Discovery
by William Sheehan - University of Arizona Press , 1996
Sheehan offers an accessible history of the men who collected data about Mars and interpreted it. The central story is the coherent and compelling narrative of Giovanni Schiaparelli, Percival Lowell and the description of the 'canals' of Mars.
Protostars and Planets IV
by V. Mannings, A. Boss, S. Russell - University of Arizona Press , 2000
This 1400+ pages book covers the very rapidly growing area of star-and-planet formation and evolution, from astrophysics to planetary science. It is most useful for researchers, graduate students, and some undergraduate students.
The Formation and Evolution of the Solar System
by James Schombert - University of Oregon , 2007
The purpose of this course is to educate you on the basic science behind our exploration of the Solar System so you may make informed choices as future/current voters on issues of our environment and the future of science in this country.
by F. Vilas, C. Chapman, M. Matthews - University of Arizona Press , 1989
The book on the planet's origin, its metal-rich composition, its thermal and geophysical evolution, and its cratering history. These topics are complex and controversial, and this book contains a variety of new perspectives on them.
Resources of Near-Earth Space
by J. S. Lewis, M. S. Matthews - University of Arizona Press , 1993
Parts of the solar system that are most accessible from Earth are rich in materials of great potential value. Immediate uses of these resources to manufacture propellants, metals, and fluids can support future large-scale space activities.
by Max Fairbairn , 2005
The text covers principles of planetary photometry: radiance and the equation of transfer, diffuse reflection and transmission, albedo, scattering and absorption, net flux and exitance, and a brief history of the Lommel-Seeliger law.